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The Serpent

I am the one who once traveled by flight and foot
And now I slither around on my round-body
My tongue has always been and still is split in half
In my first stage of life my speeches consisted of fire-bursts, ice-shards, smoke rings, and whirling-wild-winds
Now my speeches are speedy rollings-of-the-tongues and a-spitting venom-filled saliva
Horned was I back in the days after I had hatched out of my egg
Now my mushroom-like head consists of my eyes, my nostrils, and my ears
Once I had massive teeth to help me emasculate my food
And now I must swallow all of my food whole
Many primitive cultures have used me as a symbol for both good and evil
I symbolize the Morning Star, and have been blessed with many different names
Nevertheless, I am worshiped by many cultures of mankind as a powerful being
I am the Light-Bringer, and the Knowledge-Bringer to mankind and am similar to Prometheus
I seduced Eve to bite the apple in order that she may have knowledge and become like Yahweh
I am also Quetzalcoatl, the revered sky god of the Aztecs 
Without the symbolism that mankind has placed upon me I am nothing more than a plain reptile

Copyright © Eric Shelman | Year Posted 2013

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  1. Date: 2/6/2013 8:20:00 AM

    dear Poet Eric..thank you for sharing your brilliant write..very well written poem :) enjoyed ..<3 Sk
  1. Date: 2/4/2013 9:41:00 PM

    Nicely written and informative
  1. Date: 2/4/2013 9:13:00 PM

    I am poisoned by the venom, that strikes this well half slit tongue... Stupendous my dear Eric...

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