After Snakes & Ladders

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invariably you’ve seen
them in a pile of junk
beside your bed.

In winter they slither
into vents of houses
seeking the warmth of
undercovers & fresh kills.

They doze on sofas
over the feet
of sleeping fathers
& strangle pet poodles.

Snakes like open
drawers & trails of
sugar leading to
dark kitchen cupboards.

Laundry baskets make
good homes for cold pythons
& closets are great
for boas to hang out in.

Snakes are the stuff
of children’s nightmares
The darkness under beds
is a den of coiling fearssss.

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