abandoning his waterhole

the ratsnake slips

among the first red flowers of autumn

6 Responses to “finally”

  1. I love ‘ratsnake’ because it’s far more evocative than stating a generic snake.

    Here’s the foundation supporting them:

    all my best, Alan
    With Words

  2. John Dougill Says:

    Wow, what an illustration… that’s the first time I’ve heard of a ratsnake and I think it will be forever stamped in my mind slithering among the first red flowers of autumn!

  3. Did the ratsnake have whiskers?
    (Whatever the answer, the poem’s beautiful.)

  4. david mccullough Says:

    the Japanese ratsnake (aodaisho) is the commonest snake in Japan. Completely harmless, but usually big enough to give you a fright.
    They love to eat rats, believe it or not…

  5. Hisashi Miyazaki Says:

    Nice picture!
    The moon. And higan-bana in Japanese (literally, the equinoctial flower). In my J/E dictionary, the flower is a cluster-amaryllis in English. It blooms exactly around the autumn equinox but this year, its flowering was two to three weeks later than usual due to abnormally long-lasting lingering summer heat here. Another popular Japanese name of the flower is manjushage. It is derived from imaginary ‘manjusaka’ in Sanskrit, which is said to blossom in the Heaven and soften the mind of people who watch it. The manjushage in David’s picture surely let us tender as well as the ratsnake.

  6. I love the elegant, evocative photo juxtaposed with the sinister, gritty word “ratsnake.”

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