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"Snakes And Apples" "Snakes And Apples"
by Jan Sand
2008-07-09 09:27:12
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The snake shows sinuosities,
Celebrates the sinister.
Signals salacious suggestions,
Shrouding stated sexualities
In slitherings sinusoidal,
A sustenance of strange satanic
Superiorities.


Apples are appreciated,
Alimentarily acceptable,
Always admired as
Acid or ambrosial
And, alternatively,
Anathema to aspirations
Accounting to
The Almighty.

Snakes and apples, no doubt,
Are odd in combination.
Especially when used to rout
Mankind’s inhabitation
Of his first idyllic spot.
Ah well, I suppose
This first religious blot
With all its consequential woes
Could have been inflicted
By a butterfly with a fig
To have Adam evicted.
Contrariwise, perhaps a pig
Would do to dump the blame
Onto. This then sad swine
To live in consequence in shame
For defying the Divine.
But now it’s snakes that we’re stuck with,
Viper, cobra, rattler, boa,
Slitherers we’ve no luck with.
No doubt all conserved by Noah,
Along with all the rest he’d grapple,
Bats and cats and natch, the apple.


   
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Emanuel Paparella2008-07-09 10:10:55
"The living being had no need of eyes when there was nothing remaining outside him to be seen; nor of ears when there was nothing to be heard; and there was no surrounding atmosphere to be breathed; nor would there have been any use of organs by the help of which he might receive his food or get rid of what he had already digested, since there was nothing which went from him or came into him: for there was nothing beside him. Of design he was created thus, his own waste providing his own food, and all that he did or suffered taking place in and by himself. For the Creator conceived that a being which was self-sufficient would be far more excellent than one which lacked anything; and, as he had no need to take anything or defend himself against any one, the Creator did not think it necessary to bestow upon him hands: nor had he any need of feet, nor of the whole apparatus of walking; but the movement suited to his spherical form was assigned to him, being of all the seven that which is most appropriate to mind and intelligence; and he was made to move in the same manner and on the same spot, within his own limits revolving in a circle. All the other six motions were taken away from him, and he was made not to partake of their deviations. And as this circular movement required no feet, the universe was created without legs and without feet."

--Plato, Timaeus, 33


Emanuel Paparella2008-07-09 10:14:25
The Greek goddess of discord, Eris, became disgruntled after she was excluded from the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. In retaliation, she tossed a golden apple inscribed Kallisti ('For the most beautiful one'), into the wedding party. Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Paris of Troy was appointed to select the recipient. After being bribed by both Hera and Athena, Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. He awarded the apple to Aphrodite, thus indirectly causing the Trojan War.


Emanuel Paparella2008-07-11 20:47:48
Here at this site and link find a more serious treatment of the subject of apples and snakes beyond shallow caricatures parading for knowledged and wisdom:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2008/06/02/080602crat_atlarge_rosen?currentPage=all


Jack2008-07-11 21:15:33
Perhaps this shows
once for all...
When error creeps in,
there comes a fall...

For subjective thought,
can deny the Divine...
And misplace the blame,
and make objective the swine.


Bo2008-07-12 01:03:40
I'm a pig
I married a python
We get along


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