The age of the snake
Sloughed our skin like the snake
and thereby survived one more year
but the art of sloughing is worse for us
than the snake.
Human skin does not slip off so easily
nor are there any deep heaps of boulders
where even the harshest of winters
can be lived through.
We must protect our lives a different way
when the heat is fierce
and apart from the outer wars
the real mutilation also
takes place within us
wherever we creep
we find fires and fires that have charcoaled.
To turn a deaf ear
and give oneself up to a coarsened cornea
that provides a certain legitimate blindness
only helps intermittently.
We call then on the snake