H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Old Snake Ponders
Heavens! What symptoms are these? Unrelenting
Synchronicity followed by sheer idiocy why me?
The serpent swallows his tail or is about to and is
Amazed to find how much older his tail has gotten
But even as he swallows he is not without hope of
Finding his old tail the delyumicious young tail
He used to chew on for hours when he was bored
In class This just can't be the same tail so maybe
He shouldn't swallow it even though he's in a
Swallowing tail kind of mood and he knows only
Too well that there is no more snake afterwards
So this must be a cosmic joke set up by his dead
Friends either that or this kind of thing in subtler
Forms goes on all the time and snakes everywhere
Disappear routinely every day under the pressure
Of synchronicity What makes him such a special snake?
And the sheer idiocy is there to exhaust him
Long enough to consider such matters o snake
You are long silly belt-like greedy and stupid!
[Originally published in NHS 2003, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs03/codrescu.html.]