snakeskin boots (Isaac Akanmu)

dear valued creature:

it has come to our attention that the following species, “serpent”, has breached our standards of service and submission. cunning in nature, the “serpent” curries favor only to attack at a convenient opening. please be aware, the “serpent” is a predator and its principal prey is: the “mind”. to be clear, the “serpent” is not a necklace, chain, head covering, headset, or scarf. any attempt to wear the “serpent” as a necklace, chain, head covering, headset, or scarf may result in serious injuries and even death. any attempt made by the “serpent” to approach the “mind” should be met with maximum effort to subdue. in the event the “serpent” twists management policy, please call our creature service hotline immediately. in the event the “serpent” slithers toward the collarbone region, please call our creature service hotline immediately. our response team is on eternal standby. as your safety is our highest priority, we are immediately recalling the “serpent” species from the “earth” region. we urge all creatures to stop wearing the “serpent” immediately and to return the whole “serpent” to our offices as quickly as possible. inline with our values, we vow to recycle and repurpose the “serpent” and return to all valued creatures the timeless, underfoot classic: “snakeskin boots”.

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Isaac Akanmu is a Nigerian American from Staten Island, NY. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Encounters MagazineLammergeierEkstasis, and Posit. Now residing in Charlotte, NC, he calls himself Jesus’s most eccentric disciple. Find him on Twitter and Instagram (@insteadofisaac).

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image: MM Kaufman