November 9, 2005

Exploding Snakes of the Everglades

A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried
to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said.
-The Associate Press, October 5, 2005

Someone must have told
that stupid snake he could
grow up to be
president someday.
This is something those
you-can-do-anything-you-put-your-mind-to
types really need to see.
Thousands of miles from its home
in Burma Ė or,
I think itís called Myanmar now Ė
some genius probably let the thing go
after it swallowed the cat
in one gulp. A python
has to eat. The gator must have
looked tasty, with all those
jagged, razor teeth and thick
armor of scales. And dammit,
if a python feels like snacking
on some whole, live alligator,
who are we
to say he canít?
He slithered up and sunk his
fangs into the gatorís leathery hide,
unhinged his jaw and started
to slurp down his lunch.
People may have doubted him
but that python knew differently; he
could eat whatever
he damn well pleased.
Well, the gator, he didnít
see eye to eye. He clawed and
clawed, till the snake
burst open at the side.
Some things just canít
be done, no matter
how hard you try.

Posted by dpetrella at November 9, 2005 2:28 PM | TrackBack
Comments

oooh vivid.
did the alligator survive?

Posted by: jon at November 9, 2005 2:38 PM

Nope. They both died.

Posted by: Dan at November 9, 2005 4:18 PM

I love the last lines.


here is the story on BBC with a pic: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4313978.stm

Posted by: Dan Kordik at November 13, 2005 2:38 PM

kicks BUTT

dang, and i "like" the fact that they both died. dang python taking down the aligator along with him. A very nice one, dan.

Posted by: matty at November 14, 2005 12:22 AM

Great poem! Love the ending "till the snake burst open at the side. Some things just canít be done, no matter how hard you try. Posted by dpetrella at Nove.

Posted by: Vivid DVD at June 18, 2007 9:26 AM

I know this poem is older but I just stumbled upon it today & can really connect with that you're trying to portray in it :) Great job thanks.

Posted by: Private DVD at January 2, 2008 9:04 PM
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