I had landed my space pod
Down by Cobra Lake
When I was accosted by a snake named Caesar.
I started to laugh about his name;
he said, “Actually, it’s quite germane.”
“I was almost a salad.”
I inquired if he was packaged in cabbage.
He said, “No, romaine.”
He stuck his fangs into my heel;
I asked if I was his next meal.
He sank in deeper.
“Is that poison?” I asked out of habit.
He said, “How should I know?”
“I’ve never done this before.”
Before I could speak, he said his
Future was at stake.
And if he could just leave Cobra Lake…
So the two of us hopped into
My road-ready shuttle
To search for the nearest new home
And as he blithely pondered new life
I contemplated my past
Two souls striving to decipher
We drifted together…
Into the path of a very present Dodge Viper.