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An Autobiographical Poem on how snakes lost their legs
How Snakes Lost Their Legs
(Autobiographical sketch)



When we were born long long ago,
Whether in India or Tobago,
We had numerous legs to move on,
But now they are all gone;


It’s a story I was told
By my elders who were old
How we our legs lost
In the ages long past;

One of our tribe on an occasion,
When he was enjoying a vacation,
Had hurt a couple of legs
After he had had a few pegs;

When he could not walk yet,
He was forced to go to a Vet,
Amputation was his advice
Which came as a shock and surprise;

With several legs wrenched off
And to walk with the aid of staff
Was nothing short of death:
He lost all his zest and mirth;

So he crawled wherever he went,
With all his legs totally bent,
Soon all of them were hurt,
Bleeding and covered in dirt;

In a short spell of time
When there was a change of clime,
He lost his legs, one by one,
Until a day when he had none;

He knew not how to move,
He prayed to the Mighty Jove,
Days passed without any clue,
So he decided to slither in lieu;

He found it a better way
Than to idle the entire day,
Slithering became easy for him,
As easy as an effortless swim;

He never grew legs again,
His body became round and plain,
Offspring he had many,
But none of them had legs any;

It’s how snakes are now born
With no legs their body to adorn,
Born to slither all along,
Whether it be a mile or a furlong.

Raghav R
03.01.2018
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