The spring sun
well hidden under the prickly pear
Ambling down the path I come
enjoying bees on blossoms
meaning no harm
Moving close to examine a bug
I hear loud fast buzzing ssssshhhhhhhhhhh!
a warning rattling buzzing sssshhhhhh!
I back up and move away
the buzzing sssshhhh slows
then silence as you slither off
Seeking to avoid my kind
your beautiful diamond back
disappears into the bluebonnets
Photo of Western Diamond Back (Crotalus atrox)
by Betty McCreary
6 thoughts on “Rattled”
Hope only to encounter and admire them from afar!
You paint quite a picture! Thanks.
I respect these critters and just want to remind myself and others to be careful out there.
Thank you for your comment!
I would love to see one of these – from afar, of course. Love this poem, Betty.
Thank you V. J.
Yes, I hope you do get to see one…from afar!