Timber Rattlers

Timber Rattlers Terry Showalter Photo (2)

The deadly lie in the warm sunshine
just outside their rocky lair // entwined;
Two appear as one // tightly wrapped;
Rattles shake // warning all to stay away.
Beady eyes fix on the intruder’s focus;
iPhone clicks away as undulating coils squirm
Better keep away from these poisonous vipers;
The risk is not worth a new pair of boots.
Some trophies are better left as photos…
“Live and Let Live” //  “Tread on me and Die!”


Photo: Terry Showalter

Terry came upon this pair while logging in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. There were two Timber Rattlers wrapped up together.  With his smartphone, he was able to get this great photo, and then get on with his work. Terry gave me permission to use this photo in my blog.




Snakes on a Log


Snakes sunning on log

Enjoy summer’s heat // and frogs

Fresh out of pea soup


Photo Dwight L. Roth

With the onset of summer heat before spring is over, Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem eluding to summer heat. These snakes sunning themselves reminds me that there are some who love summer time heat!

Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/06/01/haikai-challenge-88-6-1-19-summer-like-natsumeku-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Campaign Limericks 4x


Political campaigns are a most disgusting way to get a job! This Presidential Campaign is no exception. With mudslinging, lies, and nasty ads the two candidates go at each other like cats and dogs. I find I can either laugh or cry. This time I choose to laugh as I write these lighthearted limericks. I hope they make you smile.

Campaign Limericks 4x

I watched the presidential debates

Although it was getting late

The questions were straight

The answers irate

With nothing new on the plate


The Donald was leering and lame

Madam Hillary was smiling in pain

‘Till the tables were turned

Tax payments were learned

Now Trump has a lot to explain


Trump’s temperament is full of gusto

He blusters about everything that he knows

He did some outbursts

With a disgusting curse

Now Hillary repeats them for us to know!


Hillary loves Botox and pins

They take away wrinkles and chins

But the clothes that she wears

Are really a scare

For she looks like Mao Tse-tung


Campaigns are so disgusting

With mudsling lies and head busting

The elections are soon

Right around the  full moon

I can’t wait to end this filibustering