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And here is the serpent again

dragging himself out from his next of darkness,

his cave under the black rocks,

his winter-death.

He slides over the pine needles.

He loops around the bunches of rising grass,

looking for the sun.


Well, who doesn’t want the sun after the long winter?

I step aside,

He feels the air with his soft tongue,

around the bones of his body he moves like oil,


Downhill he goes

toward the black mirrors of the pond.

Last night it was so cold

I woke and went out to stand in the yard,

and there was no moon.


So I just stood there, inside the jaw of nothing.

An owl cried in the distance,

I thought of Jesus, how he

crouched in the dark for two nights,

then floated back above the horizon.


There are so many stories,

more beautiful than answers.

I follow the snake down to the pond,


thick and musky he is

as circular as hope.

Mary Oliver


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Hercules Editions Poetry
Nov 29, 2019, 7:00 PM
14 Lordship Ln
We will be joined by Hercules poets, Sophie Herxheimer, Martyn Crucefix and Jacqueline Saphra, as well as Hercules founder, Tamar Yoseloff, for an evening of poetry. Hercules are a small press founded in 2012 with a focus on presenting poetry alongside a visual element.
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