Sonya Florentino

(Manila, Philippines (residing NYC))

# # Plaything


The black snake
Hiding in the grass
The black snake
So frightening

The black snake
That wouldn’t let me pass
Was a toy snake
Of a little boy

A toy snake
That was all it was
A toy snake
Left there in the grass

A small toy
Of a little boy
That a little girl
Should have enjoyed


© 2009 Sonya Florentino

Submitted: Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Edited: Monday, January 18, 2010

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  • Lorenzo Costigliolo (11/5/2009 12:12:00 PM)

    Simple observation that brings up an issue that doesn't come out much - about equality in opportunity. Some parents do not believe that girls and boys should have access to the same opportunities-not just in toys but also in sports activities and artistic endeavors. Your pithy poem overwhelmed me with awareness of the the choices that I have seen withheld from so many who have so much talent that only shame should fall on those who have so deprived them. (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (11/4/2009 8:19:00 PM)

    an extension to Pattys brain work down the line...grass/ snake/ little boy...does grass look a bit odd out there? !

    you 'live' a little girl there in your lines...the diction and the poem style relate very well to that 'life'...and that's good poetics...10 (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (11/4/2009 10:14:00 AM)

    Sonya, I can see you winking behind me at this one! Wonderful when girls can boys can both enjoy one another's toys! (I plead guilty yes, very much!) smiles, Patti (Report) Reply

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