Secrets and snakes

 I hold within me

a secret dark and deep

I lie awake some nights

and dream of finding sleep

 

I walk among you

standing tall and proud

yet if you knew my secret

you'd surely cry out loud

 

Some days they are quite are easy

yet others, they are not.

I keep alive within me

what others have forgot

 

I am the protector

of a snake inside the bag I hold.

It is my sacred duty -

from now till I am old

 

It walks the road with me

no matter where i go.

This has to be a secret -

you will never know

 

If I were to show you

what I hide deep inside

you would think the worse of me

that much I’ll decide

 

You may say "no

I’d never see you otherwise"

but I know better -

I’ve seen it in your eyes.

 

I gladly bear this burden

It is my given choice

to bear this duty all my days

and stem the little voice.

 

For who am I without my task

as keeper of the snake?

"let go be free" you say -

that's a chance I just can't take

 

I've done this for so long

it's not a burden don't you see,

the snake inside the bag  -

is now - a part of me