Monday, September 19, 2011

The Snake Charmer

The Snake Charmer, Henri Rousseau, 1907

Among the jasmine blooms
where woods are deep
my flute calls for surrender
to my four snakes
hope, love, joy and prosper
From the green lake
and murmuring hollows
twisting and turning
they come to me, helpless
at the lure of my tunes
But I have no venom
I’m a silky maiden
merely playing my pipe
on a cold night
when the moon whispers
fiery lust in the bushes
My words blush
so I play my flute
to swathe my naked desire
I turn into a snake charmer
not silently wooing
serpentine beings
but naively enticing
virile senses

~ET 19/09/2011

Written for Magpie tales #83.
Look out for write ups from other charmers here :)


Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely write...

Laurie Kolp said...

"four snakes
hope, love, joy and prosper"


Brian Miller said...

my words blush...ha...nice touch...i like your snakes...they bring much themselves beneath that fiery moon....smiles.

120 Socks said...

Gosh this is very strong, erotic, charming, revealing, tempting, brilliant word control - well done!

thingy said...

Wow. This was wonderful. Sensual stuff. : )

Helen said...

This is quite the steamy poem! Like it.

kaykuala said...

Sensuous thoughts to allay fear of waiting arms from 4 likeables which might just happen. A alluring tune is all it needs.

P/S thanks for dropping by

anilkurup said...

Snakes though generally are detested creatures, are also seen in poetry and philosophy as symbols of desire, lust, amour , positive energy, etc.

You seem to have evoked in the verses a feel of intense desire .And a strange mood in the settings under the moon.

I think one has to read the poem a few times more to let the feelings sink.

Bikramjit said...

I like the four snakes :) he he he

Nice poem loved it


Everyday Goddess said...

very strong piece! i like it quite a bit.

Trellissimo said...

Very sensuous take on the prompt.

Doctor FTSE said...

Beautifully veiled eroticism. Excellent poem.

Lolamouse said...

I love how you've turned the snakes into something entirely unexpected here. Very nice.

R. Ramesh said...


Jinksy said...

A sensuous interpretation - nice Magpie.

Isabel Doyle said...


Friko said...

Sensuous and silky, the warmth and spiciness of India shines through.

Nicholas V. said...

This was a very sensual poem, very tastefully written and with quite a powerful bite, lack of venom notwithstanding!

suvaiba said...

thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment..! :)
the poem is actually really sensuous more than that i think the title is really good..!

The Cello Strings said...

very poetic and lovely imagery.


Lyn said...

Love the "Silky maiden"..very enticing, indeed!

Reka Sang said...

I loved the idea of charming those four rather snaked of life. Well written.

AS said...


ohh my! I loved the essence and deepness of this poem :)

Lena said...

Ooooooh! How I wish I could get away with referring to myself as a 'silky maiden' these days. *sigh*. A captivating, pulse quickening poem!

....Petty Witter said...

How wonderful, many thanks for sharing.

Jack said...

E T,

I think this is my first visit. Read all current posts. Loved Just me and Just you. So cat was out of bag in Hidden secrets. A real twist in Cold Summer Evening. Felt so sad for her who made so much of sacrifice. Such is life showed that no matter how we feel when down, there is always a ray of hope. Do people really change with time shows old habits die hard. Friends will be friends. Your poems show depth.

Take care

Erratic Thoughts said...

Thank you for the lovely prompt:)

@Laurie Kolp
Thank you so much:)

Erratic Thoughts said...

:D Thank you

@120 Socks
You made my day,thank you!:)

Erratic Thoughts said...

Thank you:)

Glad you liked it :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

:) you think so?Me too :)

I always look upto your analysis,you amaze me :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

Glad you loved it :D

@Everyday Goddess
Glad you do:)

Erratic Thoughts said...

:) thank you for dropping by...

Thank you so much :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

Thank you,glad you liked it :)

@R. Ramesh
:D maine likhne ke padha to mujhe bhi laga, baapre!Hehehe...

Erratic Thoughts said...

Thank you :)

Oh,thank you:)

Erratic Thoughts said...

I hope it does:)
Thank you for dropping by :)

:D thank you!

Erratic Thoughts said...

Oh well, what a lovely thing to say, thank you girl:)

@The Cello Strings
Thank you so much :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

Indeed! :)
Thank you for dropping by...

@Reka Sang
Thank you :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

Thank you for dropping by.Glad you liked it!:)

Aww!But you still are young at heart ;)
Thank you for the kind words:)

Erratic Thoughts said...

@Petty Witter(Tracy)
Thank you :)

@Uncle Jack
That was quite a surprise...
Thank you so much for the encouraging words...I am so happy to read your comment :)

the little princess said...

loved it!