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March 11, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Snakes R Us.

Boy and girl carrying snake home. Willie and Nanny Carry Home the Black Snake. 1848. Our Cousins in Ohio. (USPD., artist life/

“Staff hurry. The audience is waiting for my lecture.”(USPD/

Well, not exactly.

Snakes perfected simple.

No knees to be bloodied or funny bones to be bashed or sticking-out elbows for quick jabs.

No shoulders to shrug or raise

Body language expertise, then, only marginally successful with them. Their thoughts safely obscured.

Slimmed down to strictly what is necessary: in appearance, attitude, and lifestyle

Sensitive words or politics have not meaning for them.

Only straight forward action with no mixed messages. Eat. Sleep. Alert if startled. Warning. Attack if threatened. No wavering over decisions and actions.

All snakes want is a warm place to nap in the sun and a dark place fairyunder a rock to hide.

The essence of simple.

Snake and man. 1906 The Violet Fairy Tale Book by Lang (, artist life/

“Let me get this straight. The secret of life is in the grass.” (USPD/

Snakes live the Simple. Few alive as green. 

No car, no bus, no train. Totally live local.

Neatly eat – without utensils, dishes or leftovers to clean or toss into landfills

No keeping up with ever-changing fashion trends. Just stick. A classic look.

Possessions slid off their backs a long time ago.

Content with Co-living – without any back biting or fighting or bothering with energy consuming illumination at night for poker games. Too cool for that.

So why, then, aren’t snakes the ultimate role model for the enlightened simple life? 

Oh, stop. What’s a few flaws?

It’s true they go after the small and weak.

Snakes don’t eat more than they need. (It’s the storage issue. And inability to carry baggage around.)

Besides always a few good ones and a few bad ones in any bunch.

Oh, there is that fable.

You know the man/woman/farmer finds a snake out in the snow, takes it inside to warm and feeds it, only to have the snake bite the good Samaritan. In answer to “why?’, only to hear the reply, “You knew what I was when you took me in.”

Simply are who they are.

No wiggling out of that.

Maybe not so simple after all

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Snakes and Queen making request. 1907 The Olive Fairy Tale Book by Lang. (USPD., artist life/

“Look. I thought that purse was faux. Honest mistake.” (USPD/




  1. cindy knoke / Mar 11 2020 8:09 am

    I get it. Snakes are what we aspire to be.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2020 8:30 am

      I have no doubt there’s a bunch teen snakes out there craving fast cars and plunging necklines. Imitation is flattering, but not always successful. To each their own, maybe doing the best they can…maybe learning the best practices from each other?
      Thanks for running with the Black Snakes – those are the good ones!


  2. shoreacres / Mar 11 2020 8:12 am

    Just remember — those snakes are more than capable of drinking all your root beer!</a.


  3. marina kanavaki / Mar 11 2020 8:32 am

    I bet if you asked a snake, he’d tell you his life is complicated! 😉
    Beautiful ode to a snake! 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2020 9:02 am

      I always think snakes would probably say “I hate allergy season”….the ground is green with oak and pine pollen and it’s not like they can go to a snake wash or something.Do they get their tongues all twisted up in a roll if they sneeze? Complicated is just the underbelly! Thanks for coiling up an comment to slip in here

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  4. Ally Bean / Mar 11 2020 9:14 am

    Not a fan of snakes. Don’t hate on them because they keep rodents in their place, but still not a fan. Too slithery for my liking.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2020 9:20 am

      Ditto – just stay slithering waaaaay over there and we’ll get along just fine. A place for everything and everything in it’s place….which is not under my deck or backdoor steps…or outdoor shower ( now there’s a story for another time. haha) Thanks for shedding a comment here

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  5. PiedType / Mar 11 2020 10:45 am

    Snakes are high on my list of things to avoid. I know they have a place in the grand scheme of things, and that’s fine … as long as they stay out of my place in the grand scheme.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2020 10:49 am

      Snakes probably won’t lead any rush to Zen living or enlightenment…funny (ha ha or peculiar? That’s up to you) snake do seem to have human similarities…social distancing has always been a good thing with them…both sides agree. Thanks for stepping over with a comment


  6. Kate Crimmins / Mar 11 2020 5:23 pm

    Not a fan but fortunately I haven’t seen any in my yard….yet. They sometimes come to ponds. Yikes! I’d totally freak out.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 16 2020 7:23 am

      A nice flat rock in a sunny spot by a pond and you have a snake resort! (Entertaining to cats on a porch, purrhaps, but a tad of a deterrent for human enjoyment. Thanks for stepping lightly to leave a comment here

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  7. Littlesundog / Mar 12 2020 5:48 am

    I had to learn to live with the snakes because we have a lot of them here. I’ve even gotten good enough to identify most of them – copperheads and rattlers I avoid at all costs, but the others we leave to do rodent control. They all love wood… and we live in the woods and own an orchard with a lot of downed timber. They get to stay. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 12 2020 10:27 am

      I really like Black Snakes – such hunters. Somehow they have a wiser look than others…if you can see any kind of expression win their “faces”. Used to find some very large snake skins that were shed in the woods – just a reminder to be careful?
      Thanks for slipping in to chat

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 16 2020 7:15 am

      I’m always amazed we rambling and cavorting around tanks, creeks, lakes, woods, brush and rocks and none of us- no one, cousins and all and ever got snake bit. Either we were taught to be curious or were very very loud…probably the latter. Thanks for stacking a comment in here


  8. Curt Mekemson / Mar 15 2020 7:18 pm

    Then there was Eve. The poor snake tried to giver her a little knowledge, a little wisdom, and look what happened to Eve—and Adam— heck look what happened to poor snake, forever after to have a bad rep. 🙂 –Curt


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