Rattler

I wait for inspiration

Looking left and looking right

I’m longing for the moonrise

Navigate me through the night

Where city glow can’t see me

Cactus shadow in the dark

I’m searching for the pavements end

Dirt mazes in the dark

The distant eyes approach me

Filled with wonder, they grow near

Am I hunter now or hunted?

Neither one of us show fear

We stare with death between us

Now the contest has begun

We play the role of gambler

But the fates control which one

Then with a flash, it’s over

And the darkness claims her prize

My newest friend has disappeared

Retreating would be wise

I’ll never trust a human

But a snake is always true

His venom is too precious

To be wasted without due

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