Bijay Kant Dubey

Came They The Snake Charmers With The Cobras - Poem by Bijay Kant Dubey

Came they snake charmers
To show the spectacle
Taking the name of
The snake gods and goddesses
Singing the songs
In reverence and humility,
Talking of penance and piety,
Virtue and vice,
Human life and punishment

The bamboo baskets bundled,
One set upon another
At two ends
And balanced upon the shoulders
By a bamboo stick
Came they the charmers
Singing the chorus
To show the spectacle,
The dance of the dangerous cobras
So deadly and fatal.

The snakes, freckled and spotted,
Cobras venomous and poisonous,
Black, grey and whitish
Started hissing
Playing to the tune of the been instrument,
The wooden been instrument
And the charmer playing tunefully
The haunting music
And the cobras swaying, dancing
To the tune of melodies haunting.

The cobras hooded and hissing
Swaying to the tune of
The wooden been music,
So melodious, so haunting,
Searching from beneath,
All around the place
Blackly, grey brown and whitish
With the ‘s’ over the hoods
On seeing whom the hairs stand on.

Topic(s) of this poem: art

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 30, 2015

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