The Innisfree Poetry Journal
by George Moore
How to Handle a Rattlesnake
Gently, with a reverence for the long history laid out before you.
Reach only so far as you can yourself strike. Extend your body
outward, into the universe. Remember the hunger that knows only itself.
Evolve away from words into a world before their hollow was filled.
Carry a pail with a lid that does not fit tightly,
carry it through tall grass and over naked, rocky terrain.
Speak then of your feat without exaggeration. Confess
to the poison of myth, to a belief in dangling ropes,
to all the other realities that circle the world. See the thin trail
you share now in a momentary liquid of time. Watch
where you step. Catching is easier than letting go.
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