Fay Slimm.






Oh silvery snake, the day
I stroked your
quivering throat, felt the
strong pulse
within muscular dryness,
hung your long
weight around shaking
short shoulders,
stood while your carers
draped my hair
in your slithering mass
and when ears 
heard a whisper of hiss

I felt hypnotic

first reptile experience.

I shall ever
recall the primitive aura
gilding your skin,
that glint in cold eye yet
warmth of coat,
the closeness we shared
in those few
awesome moments until
I, as you quietly 
wriggled free, breathing
again normally

knew instant beguile of 

sinuous beauty.


  • FredPeyer

    Fay, even though I don't think I could ever put a snake around my neck, I admire your incredible writing! Now I don't have to do it, I felt it as I read it.

  • Michael Edwards

    Did this a while back with my grandson - great fun and a great write to go with it.

  • Goldfinch60

    Good write, snakes are wonderful creatures.

  • Frank Prem

    Not for me Fay. I salute your courage.

  • Louis Gibbs

    Your courageous, youthful spirit shines through this fine piece, Fay. Kudos for this poem and for your brave adventure!


    Lovely poem, loved the closing lines very much! -Raj


    WOW FAY ~ never saw you as a SNAKE DANCER ~ Well done ~ Oddly enough Ladies often find a big snake ~ Like a BOA CONSTRICTOR (as in your and my picture) less threatening than a small one ! I have an African Grass Snake I take into Primary Schools the Kids love it but the Female Teachers run a mile ! thanks for sharing the thought of FAY draped with a mega snake really made me smile ! Yours BRIAN

  • malubotelho

    I felt the experience through your writing. I have a double feeling about snakes. Some attraction and then respect. I don't know if I could have one draped on my little shoulder. Too scary for that, brace Fay.

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