king cobra

watch him
dance. wiggle &
writhe.

his broad throat
lined white with
diamonds.

his bite, without
antidote, is
deadly.

the snake is
trapped in a glass
enclosure.

the charmer
kisses the
snake on the
nose.

the handler
works with a
bent metal
rod.

you propose to
kill him with
millions of tons of
explosives

billions of dollars of
investment, a torn world
economy

& an invading
army of hundreds of
thousands.

(after punishing the
snake & starving his
children for more than a
decade, is he really such a
clear and present
danger?)

you demanded the
power to do
this, & in a frenzy of
contempt, you
attacked.

hate is the
ultimate
weapon of mass
destruction.

you are
nurturing the breeding
grounds of very many
cobras

& one of them is
coming to smite you in the
heel.