Bri Edwards (1950- ), a native of Eureka, United States, considers himself a jokester who is often serious. He has served as a delivery truck driver, a day labourer, a hospital aide, an operating room technician, and as a USPS window clerk. Most of his poems have been written post 2004, the year when he retired. He loves to write lines that rhyme and delight the reader. He enjoys bird watching, walking, talking, and writing poetry. He confides that he is not a man of few words. “Manu and the Snake” wrestles with the theme of pain yielding pleasure in poetry. Set in a typical Indian village scene, the poem explores the pleasure-pain principle from a different angle. The poet wishes to place on record his gratitude to his Indian consultant Valsa George for her assistance with Indian idioms and clichés, and to the chief editor of this verse compendium Manu Mangattu for “inspiring” him to write this poem.