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Despised
Author: Capricorn

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My unfamiliar form stirs horror
in manís heart, yet I wonít strike
unless he threatens.

Fear seizes me, when I glimpse
his powerful physique
and I slide away to shelter
in the shadows --
preferring privacy.

Lacking paws or implements
to help me tear my food --
I pounce on prey and gulp it whole;
a vision that arouses manís revulsion.
Yet creatures are killed, cooked
and conveniently sliced for
him to eat with dignity.

I sinned -- lost my limbs
and glide along the ground
with sinuous movements.
Iím not slimy as a slug --
my body is smooth as silk,
yet I disgust him!
I am despised.

Perhaps this hatred stems from
from the first garden where
my family foliage has deep roots.
Sometimes trees bear disease
in their ancestral trunk, but
I am fresh growth, just like man.

------- Author's Notes -------

In case you're not sure -- this is about a snake.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Megan (147.72.108.209) -- Thursday, February 10 2005, 02:15 pm

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This is powerful. Snakes are scary.
martin Vann (63.25.170.118) -- Thursday, February 10 2005, 05:59 pm

The Power Of Love

Cap,

It has been a while, since we as poets, touched each other's hearts. This poem, is far beyond, the sound of its words. I see, love, used and cast away, by the demon, that lives in a man's soul. He says, give me everything, your heart has, yet, I want more. His desire, is satified, and as he crawls away, says to himself...,I was wrong.

Classic Poem!
Martin V
Meridian (172.163.6.137) -- Thursday, February 10 2005, 07:36 pm

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Capricorn! You know when I read this poem, my mind goes to Jeff Corwin and this other guy known as "The Snakemaster". They are both interesting to watch, and they're daredevils. I hate snakes! Great poem coming from a human (you) talking about a reptile. It's as though you are the snake, the way you use first person in your poem here!

Super clever, super lovely!
*Meri*
barb (207.245.229.42) -- Thursday, February 10 2005, 11:42 pm

very good

nice to see you still have your touch. I'm back cap.
Capricorn (82.36.129.85) -- Friday, February 11 2005, 01:09 pm

Hi megan

Yes-- snakes are scarey, but I'm used to them now as i have some as pets.
Capricorn (82.36.129.85) -- Friday, February 11 2005, 01:11 pm

Hi Martin

Hey -- I haven't spoken to you in a long while. Glad you understood my poem and enjoyed.
Capricorn (82.36.129.85) -- Friday, February 11 2005, 01:15 pm

Hi Meri

Yes -- I watch those `snake-men' too -- fascinating. I have snakes as pets( thanks to my son) and am used to them now, but they're not poisonous. I'm no daredevil LOL!! I do think we hate snakes because we don't understand them. if you leave them alone they wonthurt you.
Glad yoou enjoyed.
Capricorn (82.36.129.85) -- Friday, February 11 2005, 01:16 pm

Hooray!!

Hi Barb -- it's great to have you back. I've missed you.
 
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