(8.) BARBATOS.--The Eighth Spirit is Barbatos. He is a Great Duke, and appeareth when the Sun is in Sagittary, with four noble Kings and their companies of great troops. He giveth understanding of the singing of Birds, and of the Voices of other creatures, such as the barking of Dogs. He breaketh the Hidden Treasures open that have been laid by the Enchantments of Magicians. He is of the Order of Virtues, of which some part he retaineth still; and he knoweth all things Past, and to come, and conciliateth Friends and those that be in Power. He ruleth over 30 Legions of Spirits. His Seal of Obedience is this, the which wear before thee as aforesaid.
““What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?
When the warble fly or Hypoderma lays its eggs
the host animals tongue scoops up the gestating larvae
they travel through the stomach
and rise, to the surface
they leave, in their wake a substance called
and the larvae poke breathing holes
through the skin.
The Cymothoa exigua crawls inside the fishes mouth
extracting blood from the tongue
till it withers then it replaces the tongue,
and lives, in its place
in the fishes mouth.
acts as surrogate
living on blood and the fish's meals.
shitting it's own blood
into the dark hall of the fish's throat
a fungus, takes over the ant's brain
and drives it up into the canopy,
till it clings to a leaf, and dies
and a fruiting body bursts through the head.
to be eaten by birds
In response, ant colonies have evolved
some sense of the possessed,
carry it far from the city
that no other is inspected with this spore
allow it to climb and die alone.
present in the shit of cats
in the brain of rats
makes them bolder, madder
more inclined to be eaten
less afraid of the smell of cat piss
crazed, inspired, schizophrenic
the god lives in the animal
brought before the horned altar
in the butterflies and blood and ergot-black bread
and the god is death
toxoplasmi gondii lives in the brains of men
they are filled with god
until they cannot hold him anymore
the birds tell them the secret name
till the dogs speak affably, seductively
and the flies sing hosannas
Birds sing blenders,
sing bad starter in a 67 Malibu
sing grocery store checkout laser
Dogs howl down the moon.