It's A Snake..... It's A Rope.... It's A Snake.....

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I saw at my feet in the swirls of the patterned floor tiles of the loo.....

An old man with a hooked nose and slanting eyes.....even a hint of a mustachioed grin......

We are programmed to see ......

Faces in the clouds......

Where none exist....
It's a mandate to survive.....

In wisps of floating cotton fluff......
Changing with every gust of the slightest breeze.....

The devastating effects of rage....directed here....there.... everywhere.....and no where.....

She became really good at keeping her cool....a stoic calm....ya know in the face of so much pain......and never expressing what she felt.....

Till one day....out lunching with a friend she hadn't seen for years.....

Over pineapple juice and hummus and olives and pita bread....

Catching up with stories of the water that had flowed under the bridge over the years.....

The friend looked at her and suddenly said.....

There's have a lot of pent up anger inside, you know.....

She sat back, stunned.....and looked back at her friend and said....

Really....? No...!!

She'd camouflaged it so well.....

For if truth be told and she'd vented the same......

She'd be staring in the mirror......
At her own face......

Now empty mirrors shines back.....
And in the shimmering light is seen.....

Anger arising.....
Doing it's jiggly joo.....

Neither her nor the other......

Simply, un-owned ....

Dangerous......!
There be monsters lurking under the bed.....

And Sancho Panzo said......
Master.....those be windmills.....see.....

Hurrrrmph....said Quixote......I'm out to save the fair maiden......
Don't stop me......

And she saw the snake slithering towards her .....
And she heard a voice say.......
It's only a rope......
Be not afraid.....
It's a dream....

Even so .....she cried......
It looks real enough to me.....

Even in a dream if you're thirsty.....
You'll get up and drink dream water....

As she gathered her skirts......
And ran for dear life.....