Matilda Pit Viper

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This poem is a tribute to the recently discovered Matilida Horned Viper. Its a snake in East Africa that is critically endangered. The snake was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania about two years ago and was introduced December 2011 as the world’s newest known snake species in an issue of Zootaxa. Due to deforestation its likely that this snake may go extinct in the wild. Its habitat is believed to have been reduced to less than 40 square miles within the remote forest!

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Matilda

As I gaze into olive eyes,
what beauty I see,
amorous in view,
habitat disappearing, no trees.


Matilda,

Your stare is mezmerizing,
venom from the pit,
colors of black n' yellow hues,
where the fangs are split.


Matilda,

Mighty black horns you display,
zigzag markings shown through,
enslaved by merchantry, can't stray,
moving silently,
even without a coo.

Matilda,

Where are you at?
why are you hidden from thee?
vanished in the bush,
no beauty do I see.


Matilda,

Disappearing is the kush,
your home's in muse,
extinction parallels the bush,
habitat drought n' plethoric abuse!

Why can't we let them be?

Razorblade © 2012


Submitted: January 10, 2012

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