tanka pair – undaunted

cleaning up the yard
removing some mulch    startled!
a garter snake strikes
tiny jaws clamped on my glove
its speckled body thrashing

gravity   instinct
prevail    the beastie relents
falling to the ground
coils near my feet    head held high
ready for battle once more

*    *   *

(c) Gregory V Driscoll 2013

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