Treasure Island

Richard Lee


Snakes


I was lying in bed, quietly reading a book
When a snake slithered over
Whispered ‘give us a look‘
Well I told him quite plain
Snakes are not known for reading
But he slithered up closer
Saying ‘seeing is believing‘
And proceeded to start from the place I left off
With not even a stutter or a tickly cough
So I told him for sure
You are quite an orator
He said we all pick it up if not sooner than later
Well I would have said stop as it was getting quite late
But he'd just finished seven and was on chapter eight
So I managed to tell him I was really quite proud
But can snakes read to themselves
He said no ‘just aloud'
Well by chapter nine
I was feeling quite vexed
But he just kept on going
One chapter after the next
I told him right there that I needed my slumber
But the pages kept tuning
I forget now the number
Well by three in the morning
The last page was read
And I'd not had a wink, so I quietly said
You are such a good reader - we must do it again
He replied ‘thank you kindly' how's tomorrow at ten
So the moral my friend
When the day meets its ending
Is to say what you mean
Don't be scared of offending
Don't judge books by their covers
And it has to be said
Leave the snakes in the grass - don't invite them to bed

Submitted: Saturday, July 05, 2014

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