Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! The Snake Skin Scarcely Shed - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Just before it happens,
does the snake look forward
with relief, or feel vulnerable
to some strange force?

and when it’s happened,
is there a feeling of new freedom -
that’s got rid of that worn out thing,
so battered, scratched, dry, and cut?

I look in the shaving mirror
envying the snake
with no mirror, to which to sadly say
oh sss*** – it’s much the same..

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Comments about ! The Snake Skin Scarcely Shed by Michael Shepherd

  • (9/24/2007 10:19:00 AM)

    I had to laugh when I read this...when I think of what some women pay to get rid of the old and have a new skin...and then to find out that YOU want one too! ! Oh, well, the secret is...just don't look in a mirror! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 24, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 11, 2011


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