One of my friends sharing my garden and helping to control
the birth of too many snakes.
Snakes and lizards use the same breeding holes and in a dispute,
being equally matched, the snake will often back off.
Well, here is Bill, the Stumpy Tail,
who likes to snack on my strawberries,
if I have any,
ambling the whole length of the house on a swelteringly hot day.
Is he looking for a drink? I did put out a little milk for him
but he wasn't interested
around the corner into the shade house
along the dry and unkempt floor
around the water tank and under the weeds,
singlemindedly toward his goal
ah, bliss! at last a good feed of my only plant of pink clover
which I had purposely left there.
Replete and happy, he turned . . .
and smiled at me
before wending his weary way back to the other end of the house.