Those Damn Snakes


There one day in the
Arizona heat
I found a rattle snake coiled
Right at my feet.

‘Don’t get excited,
Move real slow,”
Say the experts who
Claim to know.

I forgot their rules
I knew I would
And jumped a lot higher than
I thought I could.

He uncoiled after a while and
Then took his leave
While I pounded my chest
And tried to breathe.

Fellers can git used to anything
Some people say
And that seems true in this
Case anyway.

‘Cuz there’s snakes everywhere but
I don’t fret
They ain’t got ahold of me
Well, at least not yet.