Essay — Hunter of heat

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Image of black snake in green grass
Image source: HL Carpenter

When sunlight
dapples the garden
the snake appears
a glide of black
through green
A hunter of heat
and sustenance
Who strikes
And disappears



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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