Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Plastic Bears

So thoroughly concrete 
Set in hearts of Appalachian dwellers
Pour strychnine in open wounds
Lay life on line for Jesus 
Read Mark 16 15th verse
Satisfy serpent handlers
Whom shall get bitten
Body swells black & blue 
Family places Bible on balloon belly 
Poison strong enough to kill 
20 men run through faithful veins
Prayers upon the man with 25 copper heads
"And if they drank any deadly thing 
They shall lay hands on the sick
And they shall recover" 


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19 comments:

Brian Miller said...

dude...thats some pretty crazy stuff...dont know if my faith can handle snakes...i stick to praying...smiles.

repressedsoul said...

Faith is blind at times, ludicrous at other, but then dont we all need *something to believe in* ? deep words my friend x

signed...bkm said...

great capture of this practice and the hills...I love them ...they are magical...the Appalachians..just magical...nice write...bkm

Jerry said...

Snakes...hmmm yeah. Challanging verses.

Steven Marty Grant said...

I have tried this metaphor and never been able to pull it off; you did and did very well. Nice OSW

booguloo said...

Matt 4:7.. Just sayin..

Anthony Desmond said...

@Booguloo No, you're wrong. It's Mark Chapter 16 verses 15-18.

rToady said...

Pretty nice...works well when read aloud. Good job at putting a different slant on a familiar verse.

Beachanny said...

And it's all rock and roll to me! I sort of thought this was funny in a macabre way. Blending all that voodoo that you do so well :)
Good work, Anthony.

Mama Zen said...

Frightening!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

It would take strong faith indeed to conquor such things. Nice write, Anthony!

jessicakristie.com said...

Deep and well executed. Thank you for sharing!

dustus said...

I read this yesterday and have been trying to think of what to say. You've written about something that is seen by many as courageous and by others as potential death sentence, which in many cases it has been. Either way, what a poem!

Rachel Hoyt said...

This is heavy. Well done.

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River said...

I am in agreement with Adam and obviously with a lack of words. :)

randallweiss said...

Faith is often a difficult topic to write about. For me, at least. This narrative is a good approach.

Steve Isaak said...

Great subject matter - snake oil selling/snake dancers - great take on it.

intostillness said...

Horrendous image. I'd say I prefer martyrdom but horror is horror. They say not to put God to the test. I wouldn't put me to the test. Presumption sucks, so does the outcome.

Well done!

moondustwriter said...

I think I will pass on the snake venom thanks...

You really nailed the subject

Hugs from the Moon