Monday, 3 September 2012

A Cobra Charmer



  Strolling around the streets of Colombo, my attention was caught by a cobra charmer, squatted under the shadow of a palm tree in front of two wicker baskets. 
  Apparently, the swinging movements of his flute were of more interest to the two snakes than the hypnotic melody. 
  Sometimes, as if the spell was suddenly broken, the cobras would quickly spring towards the hand of the man who, even quicker, would grab them and put them back in their baskets, acting in the most natural way and with no apparent fear.
  The little monkey attending the performance didn't feel that safe, though, and made sure to keep at a distance, glancing nervously around.