A Snake and a woman. This short story has a happy ending.

Song 7, Psalm 58

Reshma Didi told me that she discovered a snake in her kitchen this morning

Before the sun rose.

It was more than a meter long.

Scared and startled in equal parts, she knew it carried no venom.

Still waking to a snake eating carrots in the food locker is unsettling.

She coaxed it into a bag and released it in the forest 

Far from the house.


The story of the a blessed garden invaded by a snake

Metaphysical question, predictable answer equals eternal condemnation.

Lying and subterfuge

Condemn us to listen this devil story forever

We believe.


There is a small snake temple by Bhagsunag.

The captive serpent is fat and lazy

Plus Baba has defanged him so that

There is no real danger to his devotees.


I have not witnessed the charming, but I think that 

It is not deaf to priestly incantations. 


This Song of David and the damn snake may not make the world an evil place

But there is little room for making them into

Family pets. That’s universal.


Go release your snakes in the forest as far from the kitchen as you can.

Be careful. Change the course of Western civilization.



God Judges the Earth (KJV)


1{To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.} Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.

7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.

8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.




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