Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Apollo the Python

Snakes get a bad rap.  The Western world has their imagery all tied up with the Satan due to the story of the Garden of Eden.  Back in 2004 I purchased a python and named him Apollo.  He was just a baby and I had it for several months.  When I was in the pet store I just loved the way he curled up in my hand.  It was as though he enchanted me.  I purchased him impulsively.

When  I was away and he escaped from his aquarium and my son spoke to me about it on the telephone.  I said, "check behind the bookcase."  I just knew instinctively where he was.  I was correct, he had squeezed himself into a tight spot. He was about an inch wide at his widest area and about 18 inches long.

 I did not realize when I purchased him that I was to check for parasites.  After a while the parasites multiplied and I could not deal with it.  They were little black beetles, similar to a flea but without the jump.  Luckily the pet store took him back.  I fed him mice and sometimes the mouse would hop around in the tank for weeks waiting for him to get hungry.  That was not fun for me.

The snake is a symbol of life.  There is the Ouroboros.(Snake eating its own tale.)  The wiki article tells how that is symbolic of self reflexivity.  The Egyptians use it in their mythology as well as does the Hindu religion.  Shiva is adorned with snakes on his arms and on his head.

Pet Karma--I was good to my little Apollo, but could not stay the course.  I would imagine I have some pet-debt.  I enjoy the species and appreciate them in the wild.  My grandson was bitten by a garter snake a few years ago on his toe.  I had not made a come to think of it.....that might be biblical- about the sins of one generation visiting the next.

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