Acid & Snakes

Acid & Snakes

the psychenaut
offered 
the hillbilly
snake handler
a tab
of acid
explaining
how he'd see
and experience things
never seen
or felt before

though spiritually inclined
much like
the psychenaut
the hillbilly
snake handler
declined

the psychenaut
assured the snake handler
there was no reason
to fear
the psychedelic experience
simply because 
it was something 
bizarre and unknown
assuring the snake handler
the psychedelic
would bring him
closer
to understanding 
god
whatever
god 
is

but the snake handler
still declined
being conservative
and afraid
of his reaction
afraid
of who
and what he might return as
following
the psychedelic
journey

the snake handler
instead
offered the psychenaut
a bundle
of poisonous
hissing serpents
and invited him
into the rapture
of the snake handling
experience
explaining how
he'd see
and experience things
never seen
or felt before

the snake handler
explained
there was no reason
to fear
the rapture
from snake handling
simply because 
it was something 
bizarre and unknown
explaining how
the fist full of snakes
would bring 
the psychenaut
closer
to understanding 
god
whatever
god 
is

but the psychenaut
declined too
conceding to a conservatism
he never imagined he possessed
too afraid
of his reaction
too afraid
of who
and what he might return as
following
the rapture
or poisoning
from the snake handling
experience

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