Herpetology for Beginners
By Victor Howes
The cobra has but one agenda:
To strike at his prey where heís tenda.
In order to bypass the cobra
Itís best to hang rough and stay sobra.
Cleopatra, it is said,
Clasped an asp and wound up dead.
Donít clasp, donít grasp, an asp.
Never rattle a rattler.
Try not to make an adder
In conflict with a boa constrictor
You likely wonít emerge the victor.
From Thoughts after Spenser by Victor Howes. Cambridge: Harvard Book Store, 2016. Copyright © Victor Howes.