Ouroboros

The world tries to hollow me out

I respect the world’s prerogative

Its capacity for the positive endless

Its pursuit of the negative flawless

It’s ceaseless attempts to consume

The I, the who, the whom

Tracking ruthlessly on my scent

Form of

Food, taxes, utility bills and rent

On the worst of days

I drift away

Most days I just sway

Starting to protest, to say . . .

but I know the snake knows anyway

The devouring serpent

Is aware of

It’s destiny

Soil

And oil

And meat

Becoming that

Treading

Beneath our feet

Today though

I am half swallowed

Head turned toward the sun

The snake and I as one

I do not face the snake

Making the bastard wait

Gene G. McLaughlin 2015

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3 thoughts on “Ouroboros

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    NOW….THAT’S THE SPIRIT!!!! 😀

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  2. Your poetry blows me away. Whenever I read your submissions, one thought comes to mind: your dad would be so proud! You are also a lot more intelligent than I am. I always find myself needing to look up words you use! What do you do for a living? English teacher perhaps?

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  3. Just found out that Ourosboros is a reference to a mythical dragon which eats its own tail. Very interesting!

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