Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Hazard

rattlesnake
sifts itself out
of the sandy path -
foot strike averted

14 comments:

Tamera Will Wissinger said...

Hi Bridget,

I've been catching up on your poems here...good job! I can relate to your "is it fall yet?" question here in Florida! Today's poem has a haiku-like feel to it-nice!

Tamera

jama said...

Yes, as Tamera said, "haiku-like"

I feel such relief at the last line :).

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

I feel the shiver rising up my spine just reading this!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Awesome title too.

Doraine said...

Shivers. Me, too.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tamera! I'm very much into writing the haiku-like, micropoetry these days. Must be the heat. ;-)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Michelle! I had shivers experiencing this! Rattlesnakes are a true "Summer Hazard" here in Tucson. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Doraine! Always an adventure in the desert - we don't get shivers from being cold. =)

Linda B said...

I just had a conversation about black snakes, which are good, but still scary, & now you're talking about the rattler, which we must beware here on the prairie. I like that "sifting", entails 'slinking', doesn't it? Nice, Bridget!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Love "sifts itself out..." :0)
Our town paper this week had a story about a woman who found a surprise in her garden not too far from where I live. Six, count 'em six, rattlers crossed the property. We have the timber rattlesnakes here in north Georgia. (And copperheads, which made themselves at home in our backyard one year.) Snakes are amazing animals, though I prefer some distance when it comes to the venomous ones!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! I've never heard of or seen black snakes, but I've seen my fair share of rattlesnakes - and I live in the city! Granted, there are sandy washes/river beds all around the city - perfect for rattlers. The joys of the desert. =)

Bridget Magee said...

I agree, Robyn, "some distance" is a good thing. Six rattlers at one time would put me over the edge! Yikes! Hope you have a copperhead free backyard this year. =)

Mary Lee said...

I've had a close call with a rattler, so this one hits (strikes?!) close to home!

Bridget Magee said...

Oh no, Mary Lee! I, too, have had a close encounter (or 2 or 3) with a rattler...too scary! =)

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