Saturday, March 29, 2014

March 30, 2014 The Sunday Whirl/Running From Snakes

root, plan, pack, heaven, growl, heal, 
burst, rows, shivering, mending, why, time

Running From Snakes
It is time
Make a plan
Pack a bag
I return to
The place I began
My roots
Shivering
Mending
Growling
Never heaven
The place I grew up
The coastal tidelands
Of Texas

When I was a little girl
Maybe three or four
I remember the rows
Of my Aunt Maggie’s garden
One day I lifted a bean leaf
Coiled beneath was a snake
He so surprised me
I burst from the garden
Into the arms of my Aunt
Why I remember many times
Running away from snakes





12 comments:

  1. and in the end he was probably just as curious of you as you of he...
    it can be a daunting thing to return to ones roots...
    and a wonderful thing as well..
    just watch for those snakes...

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  2. Now that's a terrifying memory.

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  3. Scary. I worked in my yard yesterday and was on guard.

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  4. I too have memories of running from snakes when I was a girl. Enjoyed your poem, Annell.

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  5. The snakes of time can certainly creep up on us..make us shiver..sometimes being bigger helps..but hugs anyway..i love how concisely and strikingly this piece is coiled

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  6. Absolutely love how your closing lines turn your childhood memory into a metaphor for life lessons. When I was gardening I hated lifting the leaves on the cucumber plants because there were always bees in those shadows. And no matter how old I get, I still flinch away from getting stung.

    Elizabeth

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  7. Snakes are such a powerful symbol. They're always jumping out at me in my dreams.

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  8. Snakes are scary, especially the ones walking around on two legs.

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  9. Wonderful work, Annell! Make no mistake, I despise snakes.

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  10. I'll bet the snake was scared too. I remember once, on my hands and knees weeding the garden, I came face to face with a HUGE green bug that looked like an alien. I was terrified! I put him on a shovel and took him out in the back lane so he'd go somewhere else!

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  11. Snakes are probably more frightened of you but when confronted it is always best to disprove that theory and run from them in any case.

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  12. Annell, I am not fond of snakes, and I would have run also. Well wordled.

    Pamela ox

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