Stealth Selection

The snake struck
no rattle
hit at the knee
through denim – curse it
worn at the knee
they’re losing it, rattlers
losing their rattle
shk-shk-shk-shk-shk-shk-shk
some get nervous
and shake it early
gone off too soon like a first time lover
in the manless wilds quick was beneficial
ward off coyotes
and other would-be blunderers
of no nutritional value
in man’s world, however
a shake & a rattle
can get your fool snakehead
snicked off
leaving the quiet ones
to quietly breed
their quiet descendants
that will – in unwitting silence
stick it to you
would-be blunderer

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