Redacted from the Book of Proverbs (no. 17)

People are the only thing that matter
unless you’ve lost your dog
unless you’ve run out out of gas
unless you’ve been bitten by a rattlesnake.

If you’ve been bitten by a rattlesnake
smiling children
a smiling high school glee club
all the smiling residents of the Green Valley Assisted Living Manor
a smiling Dalai Lama
a smiling Marlo Thomas telling you
“People are the only thing that matter”
well, they really don’t matter
as much as rattlesnake anti-venom.

The wise man is always ready to say
“Fuck people”
when he needs rattlesnake anti-venom.


I owe my girlfriend Carol and assist on this one for pointing out when I read it to here that the term is “rattlesnake anti-venom” and not “rattlesnake venom antidote.”

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