When Hera spurted out her milk,
did others realize
that going shopping too, one day,
could make a mortal wise?
While walking to the supermarket,
I found I'd lost my way.
But then I realized I'd strayed
beyond the Milky Way.
And so, I found nirvana in
a borough of New York,
beside an arrow sign that said,
"The Home of Kosher Pork".
Ah wonders, that, in wandering,
we sometimes stumble on!
But when I went next day, that sign
and store were vanished—gone!
And then, recalling how I'd been
suspended, out in space,
beyond our starry whorl, I knew
I'd landed on my face.
Oh Zeus, and your green-eyed wife,
with spurting mammaries!
How strange, that we and all were born
from household rivalries!
But wait! A fellow told me, who
has doctorates and more,
that truth is stranger, far, than all
we dolts were told before.
So you and all your kin are myths,
The devas and asuras are
an ill-imagined crew.
And verily, the truth is such
as Arjuna could not
conceive, though he beheld, in awe,
what humans have forgot.
So in that mouth immense, wherein
this universe was swallowed,
there were such things that mortals such
as we could not have followed.
As Krishna sat beside him,
being a devil-god indeed,
Arjuna then was bent, in awe,
to do the dreadful deed.
So drawing out his arrow from
its quiver then he drew
his bow, as horses galloped towards
the kinsmen that he slew.
So then, resolving to return
to this, the world that's plain,
I turned towards my home again,
with something to explain.
"So where's that kosher ham?" she said.
"There's a sandwich I must make."
But all I then could do was stand
and in my innards shake.
2016 November 6th, Sun. Brooklyn, New York ------------------------------------------------- For the reference to Hera and her milk, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way_(mythology) and look under "Greek and Roman". This describes a Greek myth about the origin of our galaxy. For the reference to Arjuna and his vision of the true nature of his charioteer, the god Krishna, please see: http://www.thenazareneway.com/gita_chapter_11.htm This is a horrifying passage in the Bhagawad Gita, part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.