The Maiden and the Asp

There is an old tale of a young maiden who came across a poisonous snake. Now, this snake was in a bad way: it was  lying in the path, hungry and cold and in need of help. The maiden gathered up the snake and held it to her breast to warm it. The snake gradually got better and enjoyed being carried around on the warm bosom of the young girl. One day, after it completely recovered, the snake bit the maiden and his fangs released their poison into her blood. The dying maiden looked at the snake and whispered, “But, why did you forsake me so? Why did you bite and poison me?” The asp replied, “I’m a snake; that’s what I do!”

Republicans better remember this story. The asp is Vlagyimir Putyin.


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