All emerald and ochre,
Under a wet skin,
Snake skin,
Amphibian,
Reptilian,
Arachnean,
Insectoid,
Scales,
And, painted snails,
Wings and stings,
And, feathered things,
And, fearful things,
Howling,
Growling,
In the shadows,
Panther prowling,
In the shade,
Hot breath,
Right or left,
Steaming mud,
A muck eel flood,
Cold blood,
Leaves of jade,
Don’t be afraid.
Jump up or fade,
Circumvent, sidestep or wade,
Carved or curled up,
Cut out,
Shout,
Above, below and all about,
Scrambling, rambling,
Underbrush and brick-a-brack,
You’re it now. You can’t hit back.
Can’t run away and can’t backtrack.
Don’t try to hide.
Can’t go inside.
No, all entwined,
Tied up in vines,
The sunlight shines.
The birds a twitter,
Bright eyes glitter,
Leaf-litter shuffles,
Sweet or bitter.
You stay here. I’ll go away,
I have to say I’ll be gone awhile,
But, I’ll be laughing. That’s my style.
And, I’ll wear an alligator smile.