by Kurt Cyrus
Slower than slow is a seagoing snake.
The fishes all know he’s amusingly slow.
But turning your back would be such a mistake.
The snake is a stalker. He sees where you go.
It’s you he’s been watching. He knows where you hide.
He saw you come in. . . .
He may be inside. . . .
Around any corner. . . .
Hidden from view. . . .
He’s somewhere. . . .
He’s nowhere. . . .
Copyright © 2005 Kurt Cyrus. From Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water. Harcourt Children’s Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Kurt Cyrus has written and/or illustrated numerous picture books, including Tadpole Rex, Hotel Deep, Oddhopper Opera, and Your Skeleton is Showing. He has also illustrated books written by Eve Bunting, Lisa Wheeler and M. T. Anderson. When not writing, he enjoys tending his tree farm. He lives with his family in McMinnville, Oregon, one block off of Sesame Street.