Michael Minassian

MICHAEL MINASSIAN is a Contributing Editor for Verse-Virtual, an online magazine. His chapbooks include poetry: The Arboriculturist (2010) and photography: Around the Bend (2017). For more information:https://michaelminassian.com

SLEEPING SERPENT

Digging in my garden

I pull up an old paving stone

uncovering a sleeping snake

careful not to disturb it

I push dirt and a few small stones

over its winter bed—

in spring I will watch

for its thin trail

for its shedded skin—

perhaps even look for

empty beer bottles

and lip stick stained butts—

not every snake is a metaphor—

but for every pleasure

there is equal parts pain.