The Last One

by Harmony Hodges

The great albino snake

a.k.a. the great white recluse

last seen in 1776

was hunted extensively for its silky butter cream skin

soft and thin like tissue paper


It was elegant, sophisticated

yet a sensitive soul

thought to be extinct like the dodo

a loss, a tragedy


Until the day

it made itself known

slithered like an expensive scarf

through a jeweled garden with emerald leaves

springing with zinnias, poppies and ladybugs


It took cover under

bleeding hearts

and shed its last


Thoroughly dismayed

at having lived its whole life

without ever seeing another

of its kind

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Writers Bio

Harmony Hodges is a mixed media artist living in Portland Oregon. She writes poetry and fiction. Her writing has appeared in Kind of a Hurricane Press.

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