The Snake & The Charmer

He lived with a snake

Knew his life was at stake

So he licked venom each day

Till he was immune one day


He fed it half of his earning

Yet it stayed bitter and burning

He made it dance to his tune

That made it weak and swoon


It yearned for revenge

And chose to avenge 

So deliberately it bit 

Till he would catch a fit


He let it play the game

Hoping he can tame

But venom in blood rose

He bled from his nose


A drop more would kill

Knowing he made a will

No mercy for the rival

It’s a battle of survival


He caught it off guard

Crushed its head hard

Then strode along his way

To live for another day


- Shunyatha

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