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Karen Randlev

Karen Randlev

Hancock, MD 21750


My black snake croons a song to me,
hanging there,
light loops on nails
through oak barn beams.

He sings of sparrows
swallowed whole,
shedding his skin clear through,
to swim in the mud of my creek.

He watches
under the glare of a single,
bare bulb
and calculates
my simple humanity.

until I turn off his stare
and walk back up the lane
to bed.