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Updated on November 15, 2009


There came a day~

With black, chalky, grey~

Tire tubes filled~

With lots of air~

Floated us~

In the water two~

Nothing to despair.


The sun shown brightly~

Never better was a day~

In which Nancy~

And I could~

Use to play!


The river flowed full~

Rocks as safety bumpers~

White frolicking foamed ruffled~

Cool clear water~

Upon we floated~

Dangling feet there after.


There we were~




Fifteen year old girls. ~

Hours passed by~

Of River banks~

Of trees~


And driftwood~

On the wayside.

Gals darned in bikini’s~

Baby oil and iodine~

Baking as we drifted~

In ever glowing~

Light’s shine.


Upon came~

A deep calm pool~

Of a riverbed~

Where two gals let~

Their rubber rafts~

Alone drift on ahead.


We swam~

And splashed~


And refreshed~


And headstands~

It was so good~

To be like~

Nancy and me! ~



Than came that flashing~

Moment when I heard~

That fateful call!


Nancy yelled~

“SNAKE!” ~

She was warning me!


No other thoughts`

We rushed to heed!


We hurried to climb~

Atop our tubes!


Nancy’s was long gone!


Mine was the only one~

Closest to be found!


We both lunged~

With great panick~

To safety where only~

One could fit! ~

This situation~

Was the pits!


Nanny shouted~

In dominating voice~


I knew this wasn’t~

The correct case!

But I let her~

Have it before~

It was too late! ~





Terror in my mind~

That vicious SNAKE~

Slithered to my hind! ~

Nancy now safely~


And me nowhere~

To rise! ~

Only a presumed snake~

In tote!

I took a chance! ~

I swam to shore! ~

Distraught all the time! ~

Me now~


Heart pounding! ~

“The SNAKE must be coming! ~

He, me~

He most certainly~

Will find!”


Alas! ~

I reached~

The riverbank~

Grabbing at anything~

To be able to climb! ~

Grasping tree seedlings~


And prickery vines!


Finally sound ground!

My breath barely caught! ~

I yelled to Nancy~

“Save yourself!”

“Come ashore!”

Concerned for her~

To be safer here~




All the time~



Frantically asking Nancy~

Do you see~

The SNAKE anymore?! ~


To my terror~

To my dismay~

To answer my~

Pleading and past~

Stressful flight~

And our horrenderous plight~

Nancy started snidely laughing~

“You see my friends” ~

“Nancy thought it all~

Now hilarious~

And funny?!”


“You see?”

Nancy prior knew~

How fearful~

I was of snakes~

Deciding to trick me~

To watch my body~

Flee by yelling~



Nancy thought~

It extra amusing~

With only one raft near~

She played me~

All the way!

She relished~

In my fear!



“To this day my friend”~

I see no humor~

In a prank~

So crude.


“Yet really peeps”~

“Who has the last laugh?”

When in danger~

I know~

I sacrificed~

My raft.


“Truly my friends?”~

“Who is the giver~

For the next term?”~

“Who is the valued deity?”


“Laugh all you~

Want Nancy~

Rightly improvement~

Who really is the winner?”


“Who will be there~

To help you through? ~

Who will give until~

The fiasco is done? ~

When you are in a stew?”


“My friends~

The moral told~

Is good character~

Is not easily found.

Reaction counts~

When tribulations~

Actually amound!”


The last laugh~

Is on the friend~

That gives~

When a call of~

(((SNAKE))) ~

Is certain a real fate!”





Lisa J. Warner

(Lisa Luv)






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      Lisa J Warner 6 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Binaya.Ghimire That is really Kool~~~I wished you had seen it when you needed it also...This is based on truth...A real story...So happy that you stopped by...Blessings

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      Recently I did a hub on snake iconography and we saw a hub of the day about snakes in our dreams. I had never imagined, snake imagery could be used so freshly in a poetry. I wish I had found this hub much earlier.

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      Lisa J Warner 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      You are most welcome......

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Lisa Luv.

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      Lisa J Warner 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Funny --because this was actually an old project of mine also! I am glad it inspired you...Blessings...

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      bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      What a great post! I am inspired and have started working on some old projects again. thanks

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      Lisa J Warner 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Pachuca213 Wow Per yours & my “SNAKE!” story---I thought I was alone in scarey trickerie snake stories! I am so glad you told me this.

      I feel better knowing someone can relate. Thank you so much for visiting:)

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      I don't mind snakes but was afraid of them as a kid. When I would go fishing with my dad sometimes my brothers friends would try to scare me and say that there was a snake by me. One time one of the boys killed a rattle snake and coiled him up on a rock and shook the rattler. I turned around in shock and screamed jumping into the river.....My dad had to jump in to get me! Scary and mean what he did...I can relate to this poem. It was great!

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      Lisa J Warner 8 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Its funny the wierd things you remember in life and I think this was the first time I experienced deciet ---Certainly a false hood/joke that was less apreciated by me than Nancy.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      I remember those days too. My wife has a deep fear of them also. Nice story poem. Hugs, CC funny too

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      Lisa Luv 8 years ago

      Thank You Deborrah!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lisa Luv, Fantastic!

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      Lisa J Warner 8 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Thank You Dear:)

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      Betty Bolden 8 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio