Sonnet #249

The skin of snakes resembles corpses eaten hollow

Upon this open grass, I wonder why she chose to shed

Where no shelter from the sky is, nothing’s hid

She broke the scales, and peeled herself anew

Abandoned this particolored cape and pushed afield

On open ground, a busy road, hawks in all seasons

Wild dogs run in the twilight, filthy and mean

The coyotes sneak in, too: in darkness all reveals

The skin of snakes betrays the snakes, extends

Their territories, shining brighter than scat

A dazzling display upon the grass, a jeweled end

A brazen scent for the sniffers, a warning to cats

and all creatures, rattlesnakes roam this bend

Devour themselves hollow, from the inside-out

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