Classic Struggle


The snake drew Orion down
Poised as Aurora bent the shore
Exposing eagles' nests that score
The cliffs that shave gurgling eddies' sound

An eagle scans back into the woods
Searching for a certain hunt
Engaged in by a carnal runt
Or a creeper that shows the morning's goods

Silence holds 'til the silence breaks
When the snake ventures into a shadowy glade
Which the eagle answers on an early sunlit trellis sprayed
Across the tops of the trees and stakes

The snake bites back a mortal gasp
And holds on to his fatalistic pose
Feeling the eagle's eyes as it chose
To taunt its rival or throw its clasp

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