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I've lived my whole life with asps
My mind is purple and swimming with them
My eyes miss what's important with the asps staring me back
The asps make me toss and turn when I try desperately to sleep
But most importantly each day I am surrounded by the asps
Their mouths are open and their teeth show
Their eyes bright open and yellow
They twist around each other gouging, biting, making love
Clutch around the arms of fair maidens like so many golden ropes
Each day the asps hiss loudly
And I can't speak their language
And it makes no difference if I travel to Egypt or Japan
Their asps will be just as foreign to me
Occasionally an asp pounds its tail on the ground and lunges at me softly
I never know what to do
My mind is blind and confused and I look away
But it never bites
It gives up and slithers away to bother someone luckier than I

This is a world full of asps
Just like me
And there's not a soul who cares



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by claudita

Fangs of Naja haje
Claudita- I don't understand: "This is a world full of asps/Just like me"..Don't think you mean to say you are a cobra..?... Found final line to raise questions of pathos...Flowed for me until last 3 lines.

Bobby7L

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 7, 2005 )

Asp in the last three lines
The last three lines are separate from the rest of the poem. I am using the term "asp" as a different metaphor in those lines than in the rest of the poem. In other words, I mean something else when I use the term "asp" at that point.

( Posted by: claudita [Member] On: December 7, 2005 )





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