Does the rattlesnake rattle to provoke?
Does the rattlesnake rattle to incite?
Does the rattlesnake seek to spark insurrection,
When the rattlesnake warns before he bites?
The rattlesnake rattles for peace,
The rattlesnake rattles for health,
The rattlesnake announces long guns of venom,
At not a grain of benefit to himself.
The rattlesnake rattles for you,
For all he does not want to do,
He rattles for where you might tread,
When he could just bite you instead.
If the rattlesnake’s rattle were silenced,
It would bring no agreement or peace,
For if the rattlesnake has no rattle to voice,
All he has left is his teeth.