June 4, 2010

Beautiful Serpent

Show me your serpent. It's okay. I have one too. Serpents are scary at first. But our serpent sides have a purpose. Mostly, they just want to protect us.

They come armed with fangs and silence and deal in death. They wield a sword and cut off contact and allow us a retreat.

Our dark sides sometimes kill relationships when we fail to communicate our feelings well. Sometimes we're too self-unaware to even know how. We do our best, and then after a while, or maybe all too soon, our serpents emerge.

Our serpents are often the most loyal sides of ourselves, interested in protecting our most vulnerable parts. Unfortunately, our dark sides sometimes wield too much power in our lives and end up keeping us from the things we're after.

Show me your serpent, sweetheart. Bring her out. Let's do the introductions now, all four of us. I want to meet this beautiful side of you that has done her very best to protect your heart over the years. I want to kiss her hand and show her there's truly nothing to fear here.

13 comments:

She Writes said...

very sweet post.

Brian Miller said...

another of the many facets that we can appreciate in the hearts of another...we do all have those serpents...

Piedmont Writer said...

You know Ed, I think I'm going to have stop following your blog. I am such a sucker for love letters and poetry...I think I may be falling for you... LOL

Your writing is lovely. I really admire the way you can bring the 'inner' out to the surface.

Bernie said...

We all have our dark sides Ed, we only show them to those who love us most.....very strange....:-)Hugs

Ed Pilolla said...

she writes, thanks! there was a time, for most of my life, i couldn't be very sweet to anyone's serpent, including my own...hmmm...

brian miller, they certainly are a part of us, and appreciate is an evolved sentiment, for sure.

piedmont writer, thanks so much for the sugar:) tomorrow's my last love letter, looks like. it's been fun.

bernie, very interesting that, yeah, they come out only to those who love us most. the ying and yang of life hasn't stopped amazing (and confounding) me:)

Alexandra Grabbe said...

Last one? Oh, no! Your writing is quite addictive. I am always curious what I will find here.

Ed Pilolla said...

alexandra, thanks mucho. feels like it's time. course, i thought i was done yesterday, then i belched out beautiful serpent at 10 p.m.

The Empress said...

You know, that serpent can take over and make you merely exist rather than live joyfully in your life.

You can't enjoy yourself when you're always on guard.

What a fine line: self preservation vs vulnerability.

Total trust is what can bury that serpent. And that is a huge risk.

Ocean Girl said...

This may still suggests just what happiness is.

LadyFi said...

If only we could all embrace our serpents and those of others.

Anjuli said...

Isn't it true that we want to see every side of the one we love- and that is what love is all about...we are able to love all the bits.

p.s.

Last? Why last? Keep going!

Earthianne said...

Ed, just one word, 'RESPECT'. That's all I can say. :-)

Love, Evolution, and Resilience said...

Holy wow... ok, so I need you and your brothers to come this way... I know a bunch of girls who would love to meet ya'll kindred spirits... I love this... really love this.