They said they could be what you needed them to be
But you see
They’re only achieving that in image
Deceiving you because they’re
Seeing you vulnerable
Be a shell or be sheltered
A protection and a guard against an outside attack but fails to prevent an internal mutiny
Be worn out and hung to dry
To serve even
But never be served by some or even self
Coils are a snake’s primary defensive mechanism; when threatened, some snakes will even coil up into a ball, with its head protected inside the knots of its body.
You performed the same function for me that an unfired pot might for water it wants to hold
Or a rubber bathrobe that could never dry
could never comfort
come for be there for or stay for
contort myself into the confines of your attention and of your breath
alter my body so that it may fit inside your skull
through shedding, or molting; a process that occurs when a snake’s skin may be old and worn, or ridden with parasites, a snake can transform its body from old to new as often as every other week. When a snake is about to start shedding, it is in a stage referred to as “in the blue”.
To walk over your threshold is to disappear
I once thought it was cohabitating
Now it seems its co-habits-of-hating
and of hiding
avoiding detection through camouflage is the most important weapon in a snake’s arsenal.