Poetry by John Di Leonardo – 3/18

The Snake-charmer’s Reed  I
(Inspired by Henri Rousseau’s “The Snake Charmer”,

Under the lush eerie greens
a snake wriggles
with a weakness for dance

as Adam wheedles and sways
in a tangle of wild
playing his ambiguous charm

His notes flicker as moonlight
lures the ingenuous snakes
to waltz his scaly spell

from a glossy stream
to his snake-dom swindle
where fingers writhe along

in a charmer’s reedy song
since his first red bite of doubt

(Published in TOWER POETRY, Vol.66, No. 2, 2018.)


 John Di Leonardo

John Di Leonardo is a Canadian visual artist/poet, past president of The Brooklin Poetry Society, editor of Verse Afire. He is also an Associate Member of The League of Canadian Poets, and a member of the Canadian Authors Association. He has published two award winning chapbooks Book of Hours (2014), Starry Nights (2015), and is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Plantos Memorial Award. His poetry has appeared in over thirty poetry anthologies, and in Canadian poetry journals such as The Banister, Verse Afire, and Tower Poetry. He writes and paints in Brooklin, Ontario. You can visit him at johndileonardo.ca.