One Single Impression: Assimilation

A rustle:
The stripes of the garter
Are shaded from the June sun
By the leaves of ivy,
Dark and earthy and
Gleaming with the residue
Of a week's rain
So that it is hard at first
For me to see the frog
Alive and alert but still,
Protruding from the mouth
Of the snake.

A rustle:
The snake moves
To better do
What the snake will do:

Assimilate this frog
Who seems
Resigned to his
Immediate future
As the lifeblood
Of a snake.

A slithering up from behind,
A consuming,
A wide-eyed, soundless

There are no victims,
But it is difficult to watch,
All the same.

One Single Impression


  1. The way of life.

  2. Ooh - ouch! Excellently written and as Tipper says, the way of life. No victims. Just life.

  3. Oh my, what high drama in the garden. I know what you mean about not hardly being able to watch. It is nature at its best, taking care of itself.

    I always wonder what the snake tastes when it swallows, a toad for instance. When Luna picks up a toad thinking it would be a nice little snack she spits it out and starts cacking and foaming at the mouth. They produce an irritant to protect themselves obviously.

  4. That old circle of life coming around again. Painful at time, but ever continuing none-the-less.

    Lovely words.

  5. Might be life -- or death in the toads case but YUK!

  6. Beautifully written, as always.
    Was surprised to read about another frog as I just left *The View From This End* where Moanie was talking about a wonderful meal of frogs legs.

  7. I havent seen any frog legs sold out this way but they are very tasty. Something in between chicken and fish.
    Fiddle heads are also very good. Can't help but think of Granny from the Hill billies lol Wish I could collect some.

  8. Excellent way to capture the circle of life.

  9. what do you mean there are no victims? The frog is certainly a sacrifice for the snake's meal. Interesting characters frogs and snakes. I'm well acquainted with the human variety of them. LOL!

  10. The snake dets the bad rap. Even tghe binle gives bature the role of undoing man No man posion nature amd man eats it.
    We are driving ourselfs from this Edan Called Earth. Is it not strange mam kills himself?

  11. Anonymous9:53 PM

    I too saw this primal scene - decades & thousands of miles away - and have never forgotten it. aloha, cloudia

  12. Excellent poem, very well written.

  13. The amorality of nature, but in this balance is provided.
    Excellent words.

  14. yipes you are so right - hard to watch even when my cats devour every thing in sight sandy

  15. It's a hard lesson to learn, that nature is not always pretty and sweet. But at least animals kill only when it is an issue of survival.

  16. Anonymous10:55 AM

    As much as I love nature, I still find it hard to watch a scene like that. I know it is the way life has to be in the wild, though.

  17. Yickes! Quite a scene.

  18. You have told this tale masterfully.
    I have seen this at my pond, it is quite hard to take in (watch), but not for the snake.

  19. Indeed difficult but also a part of the natural world. Really great to read your words each week!

  20. Wise words... beautifully portrayed here.. its a really unique parallel that you draw here, with the snake and the frog. It lends a different perspective to assimilation!

  21. You have expressed the wrenching feelings that engulf as when watching this particular truth of life so beautifully!

    I watched a nature program the other night, with a snake devouring a beautiful turquoise salamander. Really hard to accept. Only recently did I read about the damage human intervention can wreck in such situations. This particular article was talking about crow "management" - eleminating the crows wrought real havoc.

  22. The story does well to show acceptance of the way the world works.

    The frog is not likely happy about his fate yet accepting of it. I don't recommend finding a python that can swallow us but accepting more of what we cannot control would go a long way to a happier world.


  23. Sandy--
    I so enjoy your poetry. This was excellent take on the prompt.

    Yes, assimilation in the natural world may mean something different than in the cultural one?

    Love to you--

  24. Nice poem and beautiful flower.
    Thank you for participate.

  25. Very powerful! Oh, I loved this, and it's deep meaning crept up on me just like the snake.

  26. Ah yes, the assimilation of life from life. Intriguing reference, yet I understand it from other perspectives. Such as my own. I eat those who threaten me, and assimilate them into what becomes necessary. Very visceral

  27. A metaphor for so many things. And as always... beautifully turned out. Even for so macabre a topic.

  28. excellent poem my dear friend and thank you for that glimpse into nature. While nature is not always pretty it is for sure a part of life that is real.

  29. Nature assimilates life unto life.

    Excellent, Sandy!


  30. Vivid. A great interpretation.

  31. Frogs don't stand a chance. There is no outcry over the death of a Toad. Only cute animals get the attention. And so it is in life. Pappy

  32. As cruel as nature may seem to us humans at is far less cruel than the way we treat ones we meet in our earthly times

    Still...there is beauty and hope for both

  33. The chain and the beat goes on...nice piece!

  34. Is it because a snake swallows its prey whole that it is so hard for us to assimilate?

    I am in awe of the cycles of death and rebirth. But more amazing still is your exquisite translation.

  35. great piece. could see it happening. congrats on POTD!

  36. Wow! This reminds me of Mary Oliver's poetry. I really like this.

  37. Excellent images. I wonder why it is that we find it more difficult to see some things consumed than others? It is all the same to the one being consumed.

  38. Oh, wow!!! Congrats on POTD! Hooray! Well deserved!

  39. Oh, thank God! One less hopping urchin in the world, one less frog to feed my phobia!

    Fabulous poem. And congrats on POTD

  40. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Drama indeed, who needs to travel to Africa.
    Yesterday I opened the gate to the back garden and Milou dashed through my legs and pounced on a fledgeling. I drove him away and picked up the bird, its mouth open wide as if for food. I could not see any injury and laid it under a bush for it's frantic parents to find.
    Later a went to see if it had gone but it was dead. Drama indeed.

  41. Clever how you managed to incorporate not one, but two definitions of assimilate into the piece. Even more clever is how you have camouflaged it with brilliance.


    P.S. Forgive me, I had thought I was following you, but have just discovered I wasn't. I have made amends.

  42. Sandy~ what an awesome poem and interpretation of the prompt. Yup- "life" and "assimilation" indeed

  43. The frog here might disagree that threr was no victim!
    Excellent poem.


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