The Serpent

I am the one who once travelled 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 worshipped by many cultures of mankind as a powerful being

I am the Light-Bringer and 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


I am also the almighty Quetzalcoatl, the revered sky god of the Aztecs

Without the symbolism that mankind has placed upon me, I am nothing more than a plain


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15 thoughts on “The Serpent

  1. I like the allusions to the snake and the imagery that paints a perfect picture to the reader.

  2. i like the last part the poem specialty the last part about quetzatcoatl……

    • I am not for certain what this word means, however I will assume that you did not think to fondly of this poem, or maybe you did not get the meaning of it?

  3. Beautiful, you are actually drawn into the snakes insight to his ever changing life and metamorphosis; Yet he feels he is just an ordinary reptile….love it!

  4. I really like your work! Nice job, and keep up the good work! I can’t wait to see more great things from you!

  5. Great job of taking a creature that seems so simple and expanding on all of it’s characteristics and symbolism. Well done sir.

  6. I would like to thank everyone for the fantastic comments, and I am thoroughly glad that everyone enjoyed this poem as well.

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