the serpent


I lie next to the serpent  one more time
 our legs tangled together
hands holding mine
here he seems good

he seems endlessly wrapped around me
                                but then his eyes lose their warmth
                                                his voice loses its smile

                I am suddenly far away

But I am still wrapped up in him
                he coils tightly
                                as to not let me go
sometimes his grip loosens because he forgets that I am there
                                                when I try to wriggle free
                                                                he then remembers and wraps me back in
                I lie next to the serpent one more time
                I tell him he needs to let go
                but how can he let go when my grip
                                                                                is just as tight