Friday, April 24, 2015


I don’t mind snakes
or wriggling worms
though one of them
sure makes me squirm.

Deep in your gut
the tapeworm waits
and eats the food
fresh off your plate.

No need to hunt—
it takes your food,
stealing meat
that you just chewed.
It knows one thing:
 eat, eat, eat, eat;
this parasite grows
to fifty feet!

Most snakes are cool
and eels, no doubt,
but tapeworms
I could live without.

            by Ralph Fletcher

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