about that snake: it was beautiful,truly it was beautifulcoiled on the cheekof rock in early sun.A garden snake, harmless therefore.Bronze, I recall, friezeof diamonds or blackdown its sides or backlike great-uncle Sandy’startan socks.One of life’s lords,Granddad wrestledtopsoil on his acreof paradise. Beyond cedarsocean sparkled. Stairsdescended to the first brightbeach of the world. Tide risingor falling. It glitteredits tongue at meand I will never forgethow it took me in, thensashayed offinto the roughwhere the berries hung.
by Beverley Bie Brahic
'PS: Book of Eve' is copyright © Beverley Bie Brahic, 2012. It is reprinted from White Sheets by permission of CB editions.
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Beverley Bie Brahic is a poet and translator who lives in Paris and Stanford, California. Her translations of selected poems by Francis Ponge (Unfinished Ode to Mud, 2008; shortlisted for the 2009 Popescu Prize for European poetry in translation) and by Apollinaire (The Little Auto, 2012) have also been published by CBe. About White Sheets
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