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To the Snake

dreamed around 1959 by Denise Levertov
Green Snake, when I hung you round my neck
and stroked your cold, pulsing throat
         as you hissed to me, glinting
arrowy gold scales, and I felt
         the weight of you on my shoulders,
and the whispering silver of your dryness
         sounded close at my ears--

Green Snake--I swore to my companions that certainly
         you were harmless! But truly
I had no certainty, and no hope, only desiring
         to hold you, for that joy,
                                             which left
a long wake of pleasure, as the leaves moved
and you faded into the pattern
of grass and shadows, and I returned
smiling and haunted, to a dark morning.

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