Recently, I met a blogger dedicated to educating folks about snakes and lizards. That inspired me to tell you about Eagle and me meeting snakes in Milwaukee.
When we went to the Schlitz Audubon Center last month, as we entered the building, a volunteer was holding a snake. She turned, greeted us and asked, “Would you like to hold a snake?”
My first thought was, “No, thank you.” The person next to me was braver. Eagle accepted the challenge, learning to hold out their hands, palms up to receive the snake. As they held the serpent, I touched its scales. They were soft. First Eagle held a gopher snake, then a rosy boa.
When I touched the boa’s side, it felt like I was caressing glass beads on a necklace. After that, I wanted to hold the snake. I extended my hands and the naturalist lowered the boa onto them. The snake was calm, she wriggled a bit but slowly, and kept leaning toward Eagle, preferring their company! The snake was all muscle, I could feel her flex against my hand. I held the boa for at least five minutes.
My first Flamenca poem, to describe my novel experience. Preview of the form for next week’s poetry challenge. I included six lines below, I’ve discovered it should be five.
If a serpent were placed
in my two outstretched hands
would I scream, recoil
or would she enchant me
her undulating beads
curving through my fingers?
– Rebecca Cuningham 12/3/21
Just the facts: Gopher snakes are native to Wisconsin, Rosy Boas are native to the Southwestern US and Mexico. Both are non-poisonous.
How do you feel about snakes and lizards? You can visit Dawn Renee at Lizard Planet to learn more about our lizard friends!
Thanks for stopping by today! ¡Olé! –Rebecca
This post celebrates Six Word Saturday.