I love spending time in the garden ...
that other creatures call it home as well;
until they startle me into remembering -
With their little SSSSSSSSy sounds and darting tongue.
Everyone reassured me that its a common garter snake
and I should be grateful to it
because its helping with small rodent control.
Understood, but, if you don't mind,
I'll be grateful from a distance.
I'd be even MORE grateful if my neighbors yard looked like a better option
for a permanent residence.
It will be days before I can go out into the garden to weed again!
I think I'll just sit on the deck
and smell the lilacs,
thank you very much.