My Life as a Snake

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About Eirik Rogers

Eirik Rogers grew up in upstate New York's lake-effect snow belt south of Lake Ontario, and thawed out in southern California. He embarked on eight years of undergraduate and graduate science education, but realized a greater passion for writing. Along the lines of what Maya Angelou calls the "melody" of the English language, he uses words to express deeper truths on a variety of human interest topics. Eirik currently lives in a quiet river town with a partner his state of residence will not allow him to marry, and two cats that the state seems to be OK with.

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  1. Tim McInerney says:

    Eirik – I am sorry for the loss of your beautiful snake. May he rest in peace – and you take comfort in knowing that you are a better person for loving him.

  2. This was amazing, beautiful, powerful and moving.

    Thank you.

  3. Keppler says:

    A testament to loss and to discovery. Thank you.

  4. i love snakes too. i feel for your loss and this was beautifully written.

  5. John Bailey says:

    Thank you for this wonderful story!

  6. Thank you for your story. May you find peace with your fellow snakes.

  7. Cynthia Cedergren says:

    Erik, I am so sorry at the loss of your beautiful snake. And bless you for rescuing him-what a wonderful heart you have. I agree snakes have been vilified. as have spiders. The reference to the serpent in the Garden of Eden was due to the use descriptive words to render a visual for our limited human eyes and brain–,o one knows what Satan really looks like, obviously. Sadly, interpretation has been so distorted that people have become afraid of snakes. Snakes are wonderful creatures and it is obvious you have a special heart for them. I am sorry you felt cast out and I hope that is the case no longer. Thank you for sharing your touching story.

  8. This article was fantastic, beautiful and noncontroversial.

    When I saw the title, I was hoping for a bit of more controversy, actually- a comment above mentioned how spiders are vilified too. As it happens, spiders and snakes are both creatures that humans are genetically predisposed to fear. Babies can be easily taught to fear spiders and snakes, but not flowers; it’s part of our evolution. Can this be compared to homophobia? Doesn’t homophobia, like racism, seem so easily taught? Again, we know spiders and snakes now aren’t inherently bad, and we can be taught to realize how amazing they are. Same with homosexuality. I’d just like to see this idea explored, idk.

    • Eirik Rogers says:

      Thanks for your wonderful words, Bryan.

      I am not sure I agree, however, that our fear of spiders and snakes is a genetic predisposition. I always picked up Daddy Long Legs when I was a boy, and don’t ever remember fighting visceral innate repulsion when handling snakes. I think those fears are taught and learned – perhaps so early in life for some of us that we think they are genetic.

      Can these fears be compared to homophobia, or even racism? I don’t know. I have a definite phobia of big, eight-eyed hairy spiders. When I see one in the house, I scoop him up and put him outside. I’m sure the fear is mutual. I suppose that’s OK – but to stomp on him steps into judgement.

  9. A powerful piece of writing, Eirik. Neat and spare and deeply touching.

    Thanks.

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