holds the brindled toad struggling to swallow what it cannot. The frog, chirping, seems resigned, front legs pressing against the snake’s slit eyes. It is a task one part craft, the other art.
One-part heart the other head.
One-part rhythm another writhe.
One-part hiss another tremble. One-part slither another leap. This hybrid species— hunger and fight, fangs and tongue and song.
Laura Maloney lives in Madison, Mississippi, with her husband and children. She holds an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College and is currently studying with the poet Jon Davis. This is her first published poem.