The Snake - Poem by Gert Strydom
Lord, when the leviathan rose
out of the dark depths
of the raging sea
twisting to strike at Thee,
Thy mighty great sword
stroke the serpent dragon
piercing and slaying it
and to this day I wonder
what this creature could be,
as no such creature have being seen.
While some speculate on crocodile
as being too powerful to be caught
like a fish,
or killed by man with a spear, sword or harpoon
having a neck, strong frame, nostrils
it doesn’t truly fit the picture
as it doesn’t live in the ocean
or dwell in the sea
and Canaanite mythology
tells of a seven headed primeval monster
untwisting itself to fight Thee.
Yet still more the snake from the tree
took a bite at Thee
and Thy sacrifice
set all men free.
[References: Isaiah 27: 1, Ps 74: 14, Job 41: 1-33, A cylinder seal from Tell Asmar, Genisis 3: 15,2 Esdras 6: 49-52. ]
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