“Constricted Boa” by Lyn Bleiler


Cracked down the back.  Rattled.  Dry.
Seams splitting fast as a zipper.

Calculated plans.  A convincing collapse.
They’ll find me deflated and empty.

News will spread.  Buzzards will swarm.
My carcass will lie on the heap.

As I slither away far from the fray
Unrecognizable, and perfectly pink.



Lyn Bleiler currently lives in Northern New Mexico. Her writing has been included in a number of
literary journals such as the California State Poetry Quarterly and Nimrod International, and in several anthologies – most recently La Puerta, Taos published by Wildembers Press.