Poem: Last Snake In Ireland

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Last Snake In Ireland.

Sibilant snake-voice, whispering,

Deep down below

In the dark of human morals,

Spewing hatreds steeped in bitter memory,

Ingrained in every psyche

That even genes disown –

Creation at a loss for words

To describe this aberration.

So many years ago,

Patrick with crozier high

Chased the snakes before him.

One was left that bred alone

And poisoned Ireland with its spawn –

Ten thousand sets of fangs emerged

From the hissing serpent’s stomach.

(written by Jim Masson.)

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This poem is about the irrational sectarian hatred we live with that St Patrick, if he were alive today, would scorn.