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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Anomalies A – Z: Basilisk

Super aspidem et basiliscum calabis conculabis leonem et draconem.
Psalm 91: 13

Not more, the historians say,
not more than twelve fingers long
rising from the dust and dirt,
rearing up with hooded crowns

Little kings, spitting death,
fiery serpents beloved of alchemists
hatched from a cold, cold egg
their ashes turn silver to gold.

But the weasel, the weasel!
of all of God’s creatures,
the weasel will bite their tails
and crush their heads.

This is my fourth pass through the alphabet with these anomalies.  To read the previous anomalies:

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