snake in the garden - a graphic manipulation by T Newfields snake in the garden

a snake slides smoothly
over a pair of twisted zucchinis
between rows of dark, ripening tomatoes
straight towards a bulging eggplant
ignoring the fading dahlias
and rusty can by its side
it pauses
flicking
its forked tongue
in and out
sensing odors
knowing instinctively
where opportunity lies
inching forward
closing in on prey
like a skilled ninja
it becomes motionless
until a fat grasshopper
on top
of an eggplant
finds to its surprise
where the end of its
existence lies