Uday Vikram Singh


A Saint And A Serpent - Poem by Uday Vikram Singh

Behind those broken plastic shades
Crooked teeth and unruly hair
There sits a pair of eyes that verifies why we really care
And as I approached the banjo player
He made no move
Sustained the last note as he ended his groove
He chalked away on the cement
As if he had put in days of rehearsing
He looked up, and told me the story of a Saint and a Serpent

The Saint spoke with a warm glow, I heeded
His words as they melted out of his mouth
“Reaching God is what life is all about”

But the Serpent, equally enlightened
Hissed in disagreement
“We miss the meaning, twisted up in the
Fibs we’ve been believing
As history reveals, we’ve only lived a spree of teething
And as mysteries unveil, all the myths are disappearing
Skip a single piece that appear visually deceiving
And God becomes as lost as we are
In the midst of his own teachings”

The Saint abandoned the cover of books he was hiding beneath
His mind was at peace and he didn’t try to conceal it
“God created us, and the science that we believe in”

The Serpent, high and haught, tried to hide his smile of scorn“Let me take you back to the day Science was born
With reason the only line between right and wrong
The elders severed heads of the heretics withdying swords
Veteran rhetoricians stumbled upon pikes and thorns
Man against a dinosaur, Time is lost in fighting clocks
A rising cost
Since the ‘Titan Gods” were beaten
The genesis of writing thoughtswhich Babylon preceded
To carry on repeating tales of the same area and region
To pass on the language of mathematical imperia and thesis
The power of reason and the hysteria it ceases”

“And where we are today clearly verifies what he said”
I interrupted the two
“But then why are we still stuck in this zoo?
Some are rich enough to have nothing to do
While others spend their whole lives trudging through gloom
Will your God just sit and watch us run into doom? ”

“This situation does nothing but prove
That if we had followed his path
We would’ve been safe”, the Saint replied
But faith requires patience, which we can’t provide
With this pace of life
If we had only saved some time to praise his might
He might have stayed and tried to guide us
But people’s greed and need for speed have been spreading like a virus”


The Serpent broke in, with anger he glowed,
“It is these very beliefs that hamper our growth
Instead of looking to God for solutions
We should have plans of our own
Start with questions to which the answers are known
Until we have knowledge that’s actually our own”

The banjo player ended his story with a minor riff
By now, my head was spinning
And my legs werekind of stiff
So I walked away and kept walking.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 3, 2010



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