This afternoon was
Sunny and a little bit warm.
I was dawdling and doddering looking at green things
Pulling up weeds
Teasing the soil.
Like I said, just passing the time
When I saw something move between the stones
A garden snake, scaled black and yellow
He had a small flat head and an honest-to-god forked tongue.
I think the snake lives close by, so
I will call it my household snake and
It can be one of my spirit animals
Joining the possum, skunk and chipmunk in that role.
I am allowed to have multiple spirit animals
As long as they are small.