The Snake and the Apple

Upon the beach we snaked wet sand
And made it long and round.
With apple placed before its face
It slithers on the ground.

Maybe there’s an Eve somewhere
And Adam by her side
Who watched us make this fancy snake
And made them smile with pride.

Written for  dVerse Poetics hosted by Lillian with the challenge to create “a verb from a noun, adjective, or other word”.  I turned “snake” into “snaked” at the beginning of the poem.

I took the photo of the sand sculpture, but I do not know who made the snake. One day later it was almost completely erased by the waves.

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

19 thoughts on “The Snake and the Apple”

    1. Thank you! It is not an original verbification. I think I heard people use snake as a verb before although I don’t normally use the word myself. I found this challenge hard to do, but I was amazed at how others were able to solve it multiple times in one poem.

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  1. That’s some sand sculpture. I must admit to you, I abhor, detest, and any other strong word you can find for dislike, snakes. I am deathly afraid of them. They really give me the creeps. I don’t even like serpent jewelry 😦 So when I opened your blog and saw the snake, I QUICKLY went down the page and over — to get to your post. I don’t mind words about snakes….and you did indeed cleverly adapt it to a verb. But, I was surprised to read at the end that it was a sand snake! It had looked so real when it came into view. So I actually scrolled back up and over to look again, with curiosity. Okay – it’s sand. But it still looks real. Yech. On the beach, you could tell it was sand……so okay there. The biblical story could not have chosen, in my mind, a more repulsive creature to represent evil. Can you tell I don’t like snakes??? 🙂

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    1. It does look real. I generally don’t like snakes either, but I do remember sort of making friends with one that was under a cabin we stayed at in Maine. It was glad I didn’t step on it when going outside. I was glad I didn’t either. After we both knew each other were living either in the cabin or under it we seemed to acknowledge each other’s presence every morning.

      When we walk along the beach we look for what people have sculpted in the sand. Some are quite elaborate. Whoever made this putting both the apple and the snake together were thinking of that biblical story, but they twisted it a bit. It looks to me the sand snake is the one being tempted by the apple.

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    1. Yes, but as I think about it, is not an “original” verbification. It must have been used before. I wanted to view Adam and Eve not as people who messed something up, but as our ancestors who could feel proud of us.


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