Twined Upon a Limb

When Adam bit the fruit
                            that Eve had given him,
The serpent slyly smiled,
                            twined upon a limb.
It wound caduceus-like,
                            but 'twas not a healthy sign:
Lo beneficial not for man,
                            nor a thing benign.

In Adam God had breathed,
                           in man a living breath,
But the fang of poison brought,
                           the fatal taste of death
To Adam, in soul and body,
                           Eve it poisoned too...
And the serpent slithered away,
                            from its deceptive coup.

Its venom passes on us,
                           to we of kindred blood:
The serpent wants drawn
                          to the lake of fire, its flood,
He wants to coil us round,
                           and pull us to the infernal:
Ungraced in sin and bound,
                           for a stay eternal.

"Abandon hope" is o'er
                           the Dante portal!
Pray God, from a heart
                           of a humble mortal.
Abandon not thy Lord
                           nor His holy grace;
Enter through the gate,
                           of heaven's holy place!    
― John Riedell


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