Poem: Serpent Whisperer 

Near a mall on a busy sidewalk

Next to a tropical shrub

I stand with a snake around my neck

Instead of a turban, I wear a fedora

Proud to be a serpent whisperer

Like a snake charmer in Jaipur

Hypnotizing a poisonous predator

I put my scaly reptile in a trance

Play my pungi, my flute, my piccolo

Make my legless carnivore dance.


Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

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