I walked along a well-worn trail
with no intent but rest.
I wished to be soothed by the trees,
but found myself distressed.
For in my path rested a snake,
known as the copperhead --
a breed that has inspired wonder
and no uncertain dread.
I gave the snake full attention,
and then gave it wide berth,
but it must have been far too wide
for I walked right off the earth.