|The Snake Charmer - Henri Rousseau, 1907|
A Matter of Charm and Taste
“Charmed, I am sssssssure,” said the boa snake
to the man who played airs on his flute.
“Please join me. I’m having tea and cake
and maybe…perhapsssssss…a bit of fruit.”
The snake-charmer man put down his flute
and replied, “That suits me to a ‘T’.
I could do with some tea, cake and fruit.”
So they went to the old banyon tree.
There, they found a table set for tea
so the snake asked the charmer to serve.
The flute man poured with great gallantry
while the snake consumed an hors d’oeuvre.
The snake remarked, “How nicely you sssssserve
and how nicely you show you have taste.
I think I’ll have another hors d’oeuvre.” ...
... Then he ate the poor flutist with haste.
A warning to all with breeding and taste
be careful with your tea and your cake.
Do not accept invites made in great haste
especially from a charmed boa snake.
Notes: Magpie Tales posted the above objet d'art for use as today's prompt. I decided to have a bit of fun with it, and chose the form of Pantoum in which to do it.