Poetry Friday: Green Anaconda haiku

poetryfridaybutton-fulllI’ve been doing some research on wild animals lately, and it’s amazing the things I discover when I’m not trying. Like learning that anacondas can weigh over 200 pounds – or, as much as two toilets.

Yes, toilets. One standard toilet weighs about 100 pounds. As I said, it’s amazing what one can learn simply by accident!

Anyway, I got thinking about the green anaconda, specifically. The largest snake in the world, it may not grow quite as long as its cousin, the reticulated python, but when it comes to weight, no other snake compares. The largest ever found was 30 feet in length – half as long as a bowling lane – and weighed more than 500 pounds!

And because anacondas are members of the boa family, they rely on constriction to subdue their prey (fish, wild pigs, deer, even jaguars!) before swallowing it whole. They can then go weeks or months before eating again. Want to see an apex predator in action?

Any creature that can attack – and subdue – a crocodile has my utmost respect! But why am I am sharing this with you? Because, like so many things, all this information turned itself into a poem. I present to you…a haiku:


Green Anaconda

Sssilence, ssstrength; one-month
hunger endsss in ssseconds here,
rainforessst café

– © 2017 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved


The Poetry Friday roundup can be found at A Teaching Life, so be sure to stop by and visit Tara for all of today’s poetry links along with a beautiful poem by Gary Soto!


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21 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Green Anaconda haiku

  1. That is one frightening snake! I worried about the coyotes in the woods when my kids were toddlers. Now I have to be thrilled that anacondas were not a possibility! I like the last line of your haiku. Usually one eats at a cafe, but in a rainforest, one might always be on the menu! 🙂


  2. Karen Eastlund

    Sssensational haiku, Matt! Mother Nature is a tough old biddy. Didn’t watch that video all through, and I don’t even like alligators! ;0)
    Have a sssuper day.


  3. lindabaie

    When I traveled to Costa Rica with my students, we were on the watch for boa constrictors, no anacondas there. But boa thoughts were enough! What an amazing video, and your haiku is ssssimply great.


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