A snake is a snake

It slithers up my toenails,
Its scales sinking deep,
I wish to close my eyes and rest,
But it doesn’t let me sleep.

In its reptilian eyes I see,
That paining, burning sin,
Of feeling for your lying smile,
Now it slithers to my skin.

I regret having met it not,
But I regret what I must do,
To give it all the vengeance back,
That I once got from you.

You can always shed a skin,
I can either fight or run,
It slithers to my waist up now,
O! What have you just done?

I sink in your hateful lies,
These bruises cause me pain,
It slithers to my shoulders both,
I feel it all again.

I can escape; I hope I can,
But I’ll fight it, you can run,
Coz tonight I know I’m so much more,
Than the worst you’ve ever done.

So when it slithers up my head,
Its not something I’ll forsake,
Coz no matter if it’s your hate or love,
A snake is but a snake.

Partly inspired by ‘The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes ‘ by Suzanne Collins.

124 Comments Add yours

  1. Yleniaely says:

    Absolutely magnificent poem!!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ₯° I love it!!! 😍

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Y!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Yleniaely says:

        You’re most welcome!!! πŸ€—

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

  2. Wow! Your writing is enrapturing! I shared your poetry with my friends and family, this is so deep… Great to know some people who value emotions…

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Dear V,
      It means so much to receive this absolutely wonderful comment. I am so glad to know that you feel so about my poetry. Wonderful to have you here. Thank you so very much dearest friend. Thank you.
      I hope to capture the human mind as honestly as possible.
      Take care.

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  3. Facet of human mind captured so well. Wonderful poem Shanyu πŸ™‚

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much R!

      Like

  4. Amazing use of imagery here Shanyu. Wonderfully written. ~Jay

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Jay! Thank you for stopping by. Peace to you.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. henhouselady says:

    Wonderful poem. You can never trust a snake.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much. You never trust a snake indeed

      Liked by 1 person

  6. francisashis says:

    It’s a very interesting post dear,
    though you seem to have a little fear.
    you allowed a snake to come near,
    did you consider yourself to be a deer?
    now the meaning of the poem is clear,
    so it’s worth having such fear.πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ™

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hey! A nice interpretation indeed. Thank you for stopping by.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. francisashis says:

        Most welcome.πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ™

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend.

      Like

  7. Sakshi says:

    Very nice and interesting poem!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Sakshi.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sakshi says:

        You’re welcome!!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Sri says:

    Nice Poem

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much R!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Shanyu, great poem! There are a lot of snakes out there, but I think most people are good! Take care. Cheryl

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. Yes, there are wonderful people too, but I wish they were snake charmers! Take care.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Shanyu says:

        Glad you do! 😁

        Like

  10. gdutta17 says:

    WOW! The words of the poem seemed to move all over me as I was reading it.
    Comparing a snake to deceit, being slimy is well known but your poem takes it to a different level.

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow! This is a beautiful comment. Thank you so much friend. The poem just came like the snake and I’m glad you like it so.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. I have read the Suzzane Collins’s poem, yours is upto the mark. Captivating!

    Liked by 7 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much S! I didn’t know Suzzane Collins wrote poems. This one is a book by her.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. She wrote one, The Hanging Tree. Precisely, it’s a song from Hunger Games. It has similar gist, haunting yet captivating.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Oh yes. The hanging tree was certainly bewitching. Actually, the origin of the song is explained in the ‘Ballad of songbirds and snakes’ I’m so glad you actually like my work so much. Your support means a lot. Take care.

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  12. inspirechief says:

    Incredible poem. I could feel the emotions. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. I’m so glad to know that you like this piece.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Shanyu, stunning poetry with perfectly metered verse… Superb!

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much L! Means so much to have you here. Warm regards.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Warm regards as well, Shanyu! And, it’s a sincere pleasure.

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  14. Wow, Beautiful πŸ‘

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you friend!

      Like

  15. Love the slithery truths of this poem and shedding of the skin
    1

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much C! I’m so glad you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. the pleasure is mine!

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  16. Very cool poem! So slimy those snakes are.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Nico! Thank you for stopping by.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Frank Gerechter says:

    Wow, so vivid and intense

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Frank! Peace to you.

      Like

  18. Silver Stone says:

    Wow! It’s almost as if I could feel this poem! Lovely, no; awesome job you’ve done on this post!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend for this beautiful comment. Have a wonderful day.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Silver Stone says:

        You’re most welcome. Have a great day ahead!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Shanyu says:

        πŸ€—πŸ₯‚

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  19. siaonara says:

    I will take this as my cue to finally read the prequel. Intriguing poem!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you S! Yes, the prequel is surely good. Not as intriguing as the trilogy, but pretty symbolic.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. siaonara says:

        Indeed the trilogy was exceptional!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Shanyu says:

        It was. I loved catching fire the most. She has done a wonderful job herself.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. siaonara says:

        Same here. Yes, I absolutely agree.

        Liked by 1 person

  20. Ishita Gupta says:

    Wow!! This is wonderful Shanyu!! I don’t have words….AMAZING!!β™₯️🌷

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Ishita. Thank you for this beautiful comment.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ishita Gupta says:

        My pleasure!πŸ€—

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Tanya says:

    Powerful poem, the imagery of snake to depict deceit and debauchery is spot on. The symbolism and vividness helped me to visualize a real life snake slithering away. Stellar!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much T! You’ve got me exactly. I appreciate how you captured the entire essence in these beautiful lines. I’m so glad that you felt the imagery. I wanted to have the poem as slithery as possible.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Tanya says:

        Pleasure is all mine πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Shanyu says:

        Here’s to new friendships πŸ₯‚

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Shanyu says:

        πŸ₯‚πŸ˜Š

        Liked by 1 person

  22. asthaisha says:

    Niceeee 🀩🀩🀩

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Fascinating! The imagery and the rhythm are so well crafted.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much C! That is so kind of you.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Avni says:

    The imagery is magnificent!! 🀩

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much A!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Avni says:

        Yep of course!!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Shanyu says:

        CheersπŸ₯‚

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Avni says:

        ✨:) cheers :))

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    Wow nice lines
    Can you please take a look at my blog. If you like it, please subscribe my Blog. Would be glad to have your love on my posts πŸ’žπŸŒΌ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much t! I surely am heading over. I love food so yay! We grow so much together so yes, on my way.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Let's Cook says:

        Yes, let’s grow together ❀️🌼

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      2. Let's Cook says:

        πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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  26. AnuRijo says:

    It’s magnificent and profound ..keep up the good work friend 😊..
    happy to get connected with a young talent..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Anu! I’m so glad you like it. Glad to meet you.

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Exceptionally written Shanyu. Perfect versification and powerful imagery. Everything becomes alive under your pen.
    Again gorgeous. I guess I couldn’t wait till the weekend. I had to visit your site and I was rewarded with a fantastic poem.
    Sending you peace, hugs, and beautiful flowers.
    G.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Gabriela! You’ve touched me with this amazing comment. I’m so glad to know that you like it so much. Thank you dear. Thank you.
      I have received your flowers and they are are absolutely fragrant. Thank you.
      Sending you peace, love and gratitude.
      S.

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  28. Very well written! You immerse it in meaning and give it quite a punch! Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much T! It is such a wonderful thing to say. Glad to have you here. Peace.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. ‘Twas My Pleasure to stop by. I will be back! Blessings!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you so much! Waiting.

        Like

  29. Sang says:

    Great Poetry Shanyu. Loved every bit of it. Reading through it,could vividly imagine the snake and all the characters it personified.

    I was thrilled to read this masterpiece..Poetry is this..Poetry is this..Poetry is this..

    Reading all comments, could see how your words has captivated the entire elite..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Sang! Those are wonderful words. So kind of you to say that. I’m so glad that I could connect. Thank you.
      Have a fantastic day. Waiting to see more of you here.

      Like

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. Have a fantastic day.

      Liked by 1 person

  30. You painted a picture for me with your words. It can be terrifying to get entangled in lies and let toxicity and negativity surround us. Brilliant writing, Shanyu.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Rishika. I’m so glad to know you like it. You’ve put it very beautifully. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  31. What a lovely and perfect piece, Shanyu!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much! It means a lot.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are warmly welcome, Shantu!!

        Liked by 1 person

  32. Aakanksha says:

    Wow!! Incredible poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Aakansha!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Florence! Have a fantastic day.

      Like

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

  33. Imani-Amour says:

    I love this poem’s message!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  34. It’s too deep.I liked it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Friend.

      Like

  35. vintageblack says:

    This poem slithers up my head (I am sorry, I am scared of snakes. Indiana Jones-style. Call me an adventurous explorer).
    However, my symbolic research tells me snakes are not always bad. They are energy. Kundalini power (so my yoga training taught me).
    serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing (and yes, I am quoting from a wiki article….)
    Peace,
    Anna

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    1. Shanyu says:

      That’s quite right actually. In fact seeing a snake is considered a good omen at places. Not forgetting the Greek mythology,
      where Aesclepiuss the god of medicine, is featured with two snakes climbing up a rod, the symbol of what is known today as the Caduceus. So yes they are wonderful creatures, but I guess snakes still stand for debauchery and deceit.
      I hope it didn’t slither too much, they can be slimy as..well snakes.
      Peace ✌️

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      1. vintageblack says:

        Oh, such an unfair reputation they get poir things. Should blame it on all these religious scriptures such as the old testament (not religious myself).
        Prefer to consider them a lifeforce anyhow.
        Don’t worry it neither slithered nor slimed too much. :))

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