Every night, a fire burns bright
Inside the cave.
The one-eyed snake
Comes crawling
Drawn by the promise of warmth
That emanates from the leaping flames.

Its forked tongue struts in and out
Like lightning.
Its limp agile body
Tightens, as it gets close
To the cave-mouth and
Sees the primitive etchings on the walls inside.

Eager to forge its way in like Cyclops,
The one-eyed snake
Throws dry twigs into
The hungry fire,
Encircling it in ritualistic diligence
To release its trapped venom.

A primordial cave waits
As darkness thickens.
With a grimy fire inside,
Eager to invite a snake in
Eager to drink its fiery venom
Eager to kill the stubborn flames.

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Serpent ode

One womb Snip it One shame Snip it away Umbilical residue Stains the birth Of a sinister soul That won’t be tamed His tears of hunger Venomous Burn his mother’s skin The incipient evil Amplifies and flourishes Having inherited it