Put the Bite on You

Lillian is tending bar tonight in the Dverse Lounge tonight. We’re in the shadows:

In blackened shadow or the light
Darkness hides their form
They’re almost always out of sight
Strive to blend in with the norm

Shadowhunters hidden well
Seducing prey, an easy meal
Rising from the depths of hell
Softly signaled signs reveal

False pretence rising in a hope
Taking souls and counting coup
A serpent breathing out soft soap
One quick bite and then adieu

Photo from National Geographic Kids

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35 thoughts on “Put the Bite on You

  1. lillian says:

    Clever title! Well, I’ve read this three times and have three different “meanings” in my head….some metaphorical, one literal. The snake bite, the serpent, the shadowhunters. From the chuckle of the title to a more disturbing feeling growing from within the poem.

  2. Victoria C. Slotto says:

    We have diamondbacks in the desert here and in Palm Desert and they do like to hang around in shade and under rocks. The won’t hurt you “they say” unless they feel threatened. I don’t want to test that theory.

  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    In the Pac NW there are no pit vipers; mostly Sasquatch haunts the shadows–talk about sneaky. Your rhyme scheme puts some pep in your dystopian message.

  4. kim881 says:

    We only have adders and grass snakes here, but very rarely. I like snakes and had friends who kept pythons and constrictors – no venomous ones though. I particularly loved the lines:
    ‘False pretence rising in a hope
    Taking souls and counting coup
    A serpent breathing out soft soap’.

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