The Basilisk

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This is from a mixture of old mid-evil folklore...

The Basilisk

Born from the yoke-less egg of a hen.
Hatched by a toad's cold pimply skin.

Body of a serpent,
Wings of a bat,
Head of a rooster,
Hiss of a cat.

Deathly glare;
Kills just by glance. 
Don't forget a mirror!
Don't take that chance!

Deadly venom
Phoenix tears will heal.
Nothing else will save you
Of the painful ordeal.

Spiders flee
At the sound of its name.
Crow of a rooster
Its life to claim.

Killed by weasels' bite,
Killed by a roosters' crow,
Killed by its own stare,
But nothing else though.

Wilts crops by stench alone
A look sends livestock to hell.
And weasel eating rue 
Is all that's left to tell the tale.

Be wary young miners;
Be fearful of the cave!
For a lurking Basilisk,
Will send you to an early grave...

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EyesOfRain commented on The Basilisk

08-25-2012

Made me think of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which is one of my favorite movies :). Very interesting!

jj1562

08/25/2012

Thats why I wrote it I was looking for some HP trivia questions and came across the original legand of the basilisk and then mashed 4 or 5 of them together

lisaner commented on The Basilisk

08-21-2012

I liked this poem a lot. It's interesting and different. Good write.

Poetry is what is lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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