Sunday, 4 February 2018

Of Snakes and Stags


People can be attracted to the exotic-
The unusual, the dangerous.
I knew an art student with a pink Mohican
Who sat on her own in the Art Hall
She kept white rats
I thought she was intriguing
I felt especially chosen.

The friendship ended one night
Involving boyfriend swapping;
A Ouija board
Followed by a plate thrown at me
And attempted knife attack
The boyfriend barred her way.

The man who owned the snake
Was asphixiated by ‘Tiny’
Befriend the ones others steer clear of
And you’ll find out why.

© Amanda Derry

Snake enthusiast killed by 8-foot python he had owned since it 'fitted in the palm of his hand'

Amanda Derry joined a Creative Writing class, following a breakdown, which played a significant role in her recovery. She now embeds literacy skills into classes that she teaches. Amanda also runs the Facebook Group, I Love Writing.

Monarch of the Glen

The Monarch – my dears! – of the Glen
is touring the country again.
They propose Stag Weekends –
what’s the message that sends?
Quite frankly, it should be a hen.

© Mandy Macdonald

Monarch of the Glen painting tour locations revealed

Mandy Macdonald lives in Aberdeen, trying to make sense of the 21st century. Music, poetry and gardening keep her sane. Her poems appear here and there in print and online.