The poem "The Snake Trying" by W.W.E Ross, portrays the sad plight of a snake who is attacked by humans. The poem begins with the snake making a desperate attempt to escape from the clutches of people who attack him. They chase the snake with heavy sticks in an attempt to hit him. The poet stands apart from his attackers, as he enjoys the thin long, slender body of the snake as he moves in curves.
The snake moves in the water away from the strokes and the poet wishes that he hides in the reeds that grow near the water. The reeds are tangled and therefore he could be protected from the human's eyesight. The poet does not find any logic in people chasing the snake as he is a small green snake, that cannot cause any harm to even children.
He had stayed calm and enjoyed himself along the cool sand of the water body when the people started chasing him. This had forced him to crawl away from his attackers into the water and the reeds, leaving only the ripples behind him.