Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Snake’s Legs

After Adam and Eve had gone,
God turned to the snake to say,
“You’ll crawl on your belly from this day on,
I’m taking your legs away.”

I’ve often been troubled by this idea,
While praying or singing hymns,
This pre-leg status is quite unclear-
What did a snake have for limbs?

Two at the front and two at the back?
Were they rigid or could they bend?
Hundreds of small ones, all flimsy and black?
Or did it have one at each end?

What was a snake like, the question begs,
Ere God donned His surgeon’s mask?
It’s hard to imagine a snake with legs –
Is there anyone I could ask?

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