THIS BAD BOY

Drove off with a car, of course, I was caught!

Youthful days way back when!

Was on my way back got arrested!

Sure, let the ugly sink in!

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But those rare hills about me so grand!

How fortunate, this sinner!

Confession made with many more tears!

Turned out, could be a winner.

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Arrested then used in the strangest ways,

Working a burn in the hills,

Colorful snake down the slant slid,

Found this sinner!  No frills!

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It just coiled self around my arm,

Sure, instinctively I knew

No harm would come!  Was if of God?

I believe this surely true!

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No fear at all, compassion I felt!

As I turned to the guy behind

“See my new pet,” not intended to scare.

“Kill that thing!”  Not too kind!

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“King snake, kills rattlers,” I said.

“No!  Just get it away!”

He knew his friends but not snakes!

But a King, what could I say?

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How did I know?  Had never before seen,

Was God assuring this child?

Yes, a King, sure how should I know?

Harmless and not defiled!

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Were God and I, like, speaking again?

I heard, “Did I ever quit?”

“I spoke to you often!  But did you listen?”

I had drifted away, bit by bit!

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I like toyed with the snake, finally quit!

Raised for the boss to show

Then pointed up to the grassy ridge

Nodding, he let me go!

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Up that sliding hill to the grass put

My arm there, snake slithered down

Seemed glad to wriggle off and then what?

Turned his head to say ‘thank you.’ (*)

Sure!  And I am that clown said,

“You are welcome little guy!”

With a tear in my eye!

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So did ‘Balaam’ yell at his donkey?

Did not donkey talk back?  Numbers 22:24-34

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(*) I actually did!

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Sam, I am   02.27.12

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