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on February 6, 2023

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by Dawn Pisturino

Don’t go into the swamp!

But we ignored them,

For we were great explorers,

Hunting for lost civilizations

And buried treasure

In the deepest jungles of Africa.

We plowed through the snake grass,

Climbed over rotting tree trunks,

Hung from wild grape vines,

Chattering like monkeys.

And we never considered the dangers

Lurking in our “jungle.”

The old summerhouse lay hidden

Among tangled green bushes

And thorn-studded berry brambles,

Overlooking the banks of the St. Joseph River.

I pushed open the creaky door to look inside

And froze in shock at what I saw:

Slithering, crawling, scaly snakes

Formed a moving carpet on the floor,

Entwining in an intimate embrace,

Lying together in a clump of shimmering bodies,

Moving slowly and surely in the rotten shadows.

We beat a hasty retreat

And never visited our “jungle” again.

And that’s why, even today,


Published in Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (2023), available on Amazon.com.


Dawn Pisturino

February 6, 2023

Copyright 2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (2023)

Co-Author, 2023 Arizona Literary Magazine (2022)

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (2022)


55 responses to “I HATE SNAKES – A Poem

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Nice poem. I love snakes.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I am on the same page, I hate snakes!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. markrenney2 says:

    Great imagery.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Anjali says:

    I too hate snakes. I hate all the creepy- crawlies!!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Kirsten says:

    Love this poem! Especially the moving carpet part. Aah! Haha, great write, Dawn. 🙂

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  6. That’s certainly a frightening sight beautifully and poetically expressed

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  7. So graphically realistic.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Phil says:

    Wonderfully penned poem, dear Dawn! 🤗 And, I agree ~ snakes are for the birds!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. revruss1220 says:

    You took me right there beside you.


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  10. utahan15 says:

    coiled there down in the soil
    fang and rattle
    like eve and mary do battle
    with the epitome of evil
    reptile and repulsive too!

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  11. I’m with you, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to open the post for fear of what I’d find.

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  12. Meelosmom says:

    Snakes are not my favorite thing!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Oh yes, those glorious childhood memories; there were no snakes but plenty of toads. But I do like snakes, especially those carpet snakes (boas) habituating usually in the roofspaces of countryside houses, keeping rats and poisoned snakes under control.

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  14. I hate snakes too. Thank you for your wonderful contribution hon.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. parikhit says:

    I can completely relate! How terrified I am of the slithering creatures.
    Very well written.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. surabhirawat says:

    Every post you write is just a unique experience. Great work.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. balladeer says:

    “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Layla Todd says:

    Congratulations on your inclusion in this fabulous collection of nostalgic poetry! I so love the moment this poem encompasses and the reason it imparts for a lasting distaste of snakes. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Oh I wouldn’t like them either so thanks for protecting us. Great story Dawn. I’m more of the snakes in our world. Great poem!!! 🙌🏽

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  20. Great poem! I share your feelings on the subject of snakes.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. markbierman says:

    I’m not a fan of snakes either. A moving carpet of them? Yikes!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. val says:

    haha lovely! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Jeff Flesch says:

    Excellent poem, Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

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  25. Geo. Raymond says:

    Well done, Dawn. Loved it.

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