There is a reason the snake bite
must be cut and bled,
a mouth needed to suck the poison
out, spit it away into nothingness.
I have heard it said of the great writer
that he is madness, an evil man with
evil stories. But, no —
he writes to remove the poison images
and this is how he stays sane.
Jung’s dark Shadow theory —
what the mind hides inside it —
It becomes. The writer
realizes the freedom of releasing
the shadows so he can move on.
Every writer knows this truth,
but poets know the poison intimately.