has been sleeping for many years, thousands, thousands.
it has its tail in its mouth somewhere in the Pacific
where it drifts with the ocean currents, back and forth,
but only slightly.
whales come to see the snake that guards the world.
they swim past its great eye, always closed.
farther along its length
where it reaches land again and stretches over hills, up and down,
people call it the strangler and attack it
but it can't be hurt, not while the world lives.
and the snake goes on sleeping
and goes on dreaming many things, thousands, thousands,
and circles the world.