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To Kiss the Asp

Updated on September 11, 2012
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Questions



Must a nation, to kiss the face of an asp,

as a confirmation of our liking,

The poisonous head of the serpent poised,

an establishment in its striking?



What are the limits to which we will withstand,

the bite and spreading venom,

As the evil and serpentine foe crawls about,

what's ours to do, in the interim?



Must all of those of meaning, to die in our arms,

our family and all of our friends,

Why have we waited so long to respond,

a message of our retribution, to send?



Prevention and dissuading the evilest of acts,

eradication of all life in our world.

The ending of our breathes, so drawn by each,

then to oblivion, all so hurled?



As spiders crawl about their paths,

with their poisonous fangs, in readiness to offend,

Given the freedom to light upon our skins,

could those who die, then to make amends?



A snarling lizard's toxicity salivates,

from a mouth full of sharpened teeth, to ensnare,

The grasping of a naked leg or an arm,

to reek havoc and with a vileness, non to spare.



The rabid creature attacks in its state of infection,

and in a frenzy, with swiftness it moves,

Do the actions we take, with lives at stake,

merit the terrible fight, a retaliation, it so behooves?



Cutting off the head of a snake, crushing the spiders,

and in killing reptiles, as a cause of harm,

Shall it end, to defend, ours to solve, this dilemma,

and by sounding this warning alarm?



A survival of the fittest, a dispatching of the worst,

and in that of the smallest in all worth,

Can killing and grim death, the ending of breath,

be the answer to these questions of this earth?



Only an answer, of a fondest response,

that of fine life, and the gifting of all, which we see,

The best of the rest, the pinnacle of success,

the positive and a humaneness, for us to be.




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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      The adder, asp, snake, and reptile; so many names to represent those who would harm us.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      The roses are in remorse for the deceased, for like all human responses, in the end and after all patience expended at times, the final answer is a striking out and destroying the source of fear.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think this makes a political statement on the condition of our nation. We must be careful of who we are playing with. A snake is no friend. Profound and challenging poem. Voted up.

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      TSAD 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Oh, why don't you kiss my asp!

      Sorry, I didn't mean that, really - just couldn't resist the play on words...:-) I know, can't get much dummer than that. I have Cyber Turets Syndrome.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks teaches, You are right, we don't know who we are being confronted with all the time, and we have to be on our toes at all times. Thanks for your comments.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      tsad, your attention is quite welcome and glad you read my work.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Another great poem! Voted up

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, SkeetyD, I'm glad you appreciated my work. I hope that all who read it will appreciate the message and gain a little insight.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What an incredible powerful poem, thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you Jamie, I wanted to underscore the dangers that we face and hope that it leaves my message on the minds of the many who may read it.

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