Poems of the Week

The Tree Snake

by Dan Campion

“Venomous snake found lurking in family’s Christmas tree”

This boomslang had the decency
To slither up the Christmas tree,
Much better than, though somewhat shocking,
Hiding in a Christmas stocking.
The serpent, readily beguiled,
Was caught and taken to the wild;
Presumably, with righteous calm,
It hisses there “O Tannenbaum.”