Monday, September 19, 2011

Mag 83, 9/18/11 The Inevitable

                                          The Snake Charmer, Henri Rousseau, 1907
 If you live among them and encounter them daily
On the way to bathe, fish, gather water-
You may as well charm them and yourself, to pass the time.
If it makes everyone's life more pleasant- why not?
They are heavy, strong and dense.
They can squeeze the life out of you. (Some are even fast and poisonous-)
If it 'takes the time it takes'- for them to investigate and then move on...
It is wise:  To always carry a flute!


13 comments:

Tess Kincaid said...

...a flute...yes...

Isabel Doyle said...

this reminds me of the sentiment in DH Lawrence's poem aboutthe Snake
nicely done

Margaret said...

love the end line! Charm them indeed if you live among them. Well done - I'm still sweating this one out... ;P

120 Socks said...

Yes - we all need some protection!

Brian Miller said...

i best be keeping a flute with me...have removed quite a few from the back yard....and i think this goes well beyond snakes....

thingy said...

Indeed. I wonder if a guitar will do?

Kay L. Davies said...

Such a good idea, carrying a flute with which to charm them "on the way to bathe, fish, gather water" ...I just love "gather water"! What a wonderful way to say it.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Helen said...

I do play the flute ... and my mother always urged me to be charming ...

Trellissimo said...

Good advice...

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Good advice indeed!

Anna :o]

Doctor FTSE said...

Excellent words of warning. (Even if you can't play the flute you can whack them with it!)

The Cello Strings said...

sound advice.

:)

Lazidaisical said...

Haha. Nice. I like the outlook in this piece.