Yes, yes we do / jack bedell
What type of person chases
down the snake that’s just
bitten him on the ankle?
His anger must be pure,
clean-burning fuel, rich
enough to give him speed
to run down the serpent’s tail,
snatch it up by writhing curves
and chomp off its head
with his own teeth.
The metallic taste of snake’s blood
must surely dance on his tongue
like the sweet dervish of revenge.
And don’t we all deserve to feel
that kind of surge just once?
The pleasant denouement
of the snake’s head spat out
plunking onto the dirt path, too?
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, Fall 2018). He has recently been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.