a snake slips by.
Some other life disturbs
my mind, jangles my brain, lives in
beneath a root,
become obscure and small,
wait in the earthy dark, don't move
are spilled at night.
Dark holds fear in the bone.
Love licks beneath thin fur, blood quick,
lives in this dark.
Who'll be when I'm found out,
emptied, sucked from my skin, unmade,
under the bough?
Taste fur, taste breath, taste paw,
do not come nearer, come nearer,