A hiss echoed from its spiked tongue and you thought
That the snake had not lied to you in word and in thought?
Neither giving it to you nor to God as we thought
Your tell-tale teeth marks are in it too, along with my own!
Seeing our DNA together, the snake will guess that you thought
We’d be together in Eden or in jail and—no matter how much
We pay for it—happiness follows the ability to have thought.
But doubt is quite difficult and I liked it much better
When fate was determined and we need not have thought
About all of the options, the leaves of the trees, whether
To beat you or to love you. I wish I had thought
This before, dear Lady, I opened my mouth to your pleases
And caresses and most seductive scatterings of thought.
Created by using a last line from an older poem and then applying the Ghazal form. Featured on One Night Stanza's "Read this Now" on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012.
Copyright © 2012 S.L.Chast