Snake in My Purse

Snake in My Purse ~ Poems by Mamou Academy alumni, West Africa

by Cathi Crooks

There's a snake in my purse --
It's something I fear.
Not sure what to do but
it don't belong there.

There's a snake in my purse --
It's no big surprise.
I've ignored and neglected
the place where it lies.

There's a snake in my purse --
Not sure how it got in.
Could've been mine or
someone else's sin.

There's a snake in my purse --
Maybe two, three or more.
Only way to find out is
open up and pour.

There's a snake in my purse --
I now have no doubt.
And no matter how hard,
it has got to come out.

There's a snake in my purse --
It's a pretty sad thing.
But by letting it go
I'll have something to sing.

There's a snake in my purse --
It's something I fear.
But I bet it won't be there
by this time next year!

Cathi Crooks is an alumni of Mamou Alliance Academy
cathicrooks@hotmail.com