"From the Train"

A snake tangos with a weary drifter

across the tracks. They dance

around the traffic light and board

a city bus where a librarian lets the snake

take a nap in her purse. She enters

a book store and gives the snake a dictionary

so its tongue can learn to walk a straight line

but when it finally speaks, the snake can only twist

and turn the words we choose. It finds

if fits right in.