I took a photo
of a small snake on a path.
Printed it in black and white
to know its hexagons
to understand its head, its tail.

To conjure the moment
when maybe
I could hear it breathe,
could have followed it
into the smooth undertow
of the river.



Janet Harper is a poet and teacher. She often collaborates with others Β to find ways to communicate, celebrate and make change. She has been published in The Morning Star.