Snake

(1959)

"Snake" was written by Ned Rorem in 1959.

Snake
by Theodore Roethke


I saw a young snake glide
Out of the mottled shade
And hang, limp on a stone:
A thin mouth, and a tongue
Stayed, in the still air.


It turned; it drew away;
Its shadow bent in half;
It quickened and was gone


I felt my slow blood warm.
I longed to be that thing.
The pure, sensuous form.


And I may be, some time.


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