Paradise Rattled

Change rears its scaly head
espies my fragile structure,
seizes opportunity, slithers

I recoil, attempt composure,
downplay danger, pretend
control, waiver, vulnerability
blatant …

Disturbance quickens, doubles,
advances swiftly, a sinuous
menace seeking its prey,

I am defenseless:  retreat
impossible, denial futile;
praying for mercy, survival

The serpentine beast knows
no moral boundaries, writhes
to an ungodly call, devours

I brace myself, recall past
attacks – venomous fangs
ripping through fragile flesh –

Resiliency restores equilibrium
(must have developed immunity)
as the predator slinks away, sated


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