Take That, Emily!

I went out to fetch our mail last Thursday afternoon enjoying the brief walk up our driveway. We had one catalog and a bit of junk mail in the mailbox. No bills were in the mix, and that’s always a good thing. 

The melodies of dozens of birds mingled on the breeze, and I spoke to a squirrel. They seldom speak back, yet I never give up hope. 

As I headed back to the house I noted a curious clicking noise, perhaps one squirrel scolding another. Instead of going in through our garage I walked around the back of the house, hoping to surprise whatever critter was click clicking. 

The instant I turned the corner I realized what was going on. A big, fat black snake slid away from me, and the birds had been warning one another. I should learn to speak Bird.

For the first time in my life I did not jump or squeal at the sight of the snake. Shouldn’t there be a medal for such an impressive show of bravery? Or at least a round of applause. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Oddly enough I’d had Emily Dickinson’s poem, Snake on my mind this morning, so I snapped a photo of it from the website online-literature.com.

  
I will never be Ms. Dickinson’s equal in the art of poetry, but I calmly faced a snake. Take that, Emily!

The visitor looked much like this guy.  I believe he is a Black Pine snake. Handsome, isn’t he? And quite polite. 
Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

16 thoughts on “Take That, Emily!”

  1. Thanks for handing out some snakey love. Little dude was definitely more scared of you than you were of him. Consider things from his point of view: If Godzilla suddenly walked up your street and made a beeline for you with his bigass feet, how fast would you seek cover?

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      1. Remind Studly that without snakelings, we’d be up to our armpits in rodents, large insects, and other things that smell really bad when they crawl into our houses and die. Snakes are the unpaid exterminators of the yard.

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  2. Good you didn’t bump into each other. Snake bite doesn’t have to be venomous to cause a nasty infection.
    I used to know a man who had a snake feeder in his garden. Everyone knew about that, and the snake was safe wriggling to his milk dish, and later sleeping in the sun. It went on for years.

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