Vanity In Reptiles – A Quadrille (Entirely Jane Dougherty’s Fault)

The size six snake

three trees over,

slithered past here

last Saturday.

The iguana on fern

saw her by the pool.

Think’s she looks better

in the water.

Told the croc by willow

he should swim on.

Big boys like him

stand no chance.


This is what happens when poets start commenting on other poet’s work. You end up down the rabbit hole with snakes, iguanas and crocodiles.

(It didn’t end well for the rabbit.)

To check out the writer who provided the inspiration for this quadrille, and then joined me in the madness, hop over to Jane Dougherty Writes. There you can find more of her work like the poem below:

Whip snake
resplendent in green and black beading,
striped vicious as a wasp,
terrifying as braided headdress,
twisted and entwined
with feathers and human teeth,
squirms and twitches and sloughs,
aghast
that this shrugged off apparel,
skin of skins,
must be how he looks.

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