When awaking barefoot in the dark,
we try to keep the reptiles out
of the house and our hazy dreams
knowing that if tree frogs can slip
through the cracks beneath our doors,
so might the snakes investigating
their whereabouts or ours. As early
surveillance from the underworld,
the Natives let the rattlesnake be—
to help keep everyone honest
by dispatching the evil among them.
Best be good, but keep your eyes peeled!