Copperhead came by one evening unannounced. Mole made himself scarce, and Owl, Woodpecker, and Grouse set up a clatter.
Copperhead said, "Excuse me, everybody. I came for the Great Law, not for my dinner." The birds quieted down, but Mole did not return.
"Yes," said Copperhead, "I'm really interested in the Way, but I don't seem to have the right livelihood for it."
Raven said, "The Way does not depend on your livelihood."
Copperhead asked, "What is the Way?"
Raven said, "We'd be totally lost without you."
Ah, the snake appears.
Most beings struggle to stay put when the snake appears.
Yet the it inevitably arrives, since snakes share with pussycats, moles and woodpeckers an interest in the Great Way.
What kind of poisonous snake appears in your life? Would you be totally lost without it?