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'It's Good Enough for Me': My Best 'Old Time Religion' Verses

Statuette of a snake goddess | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Minoan art,  Snake goddess, Minoan

Back in the Paganolithic Era, writing "Old Time Religion" verses was something of a pagan cottage industry, and I certainly wrote my share. Of those that I can remember (or will admit to), here are the best.

For what they're worth.


There's my favorite Cretan goddess

in her stylish see-through bodice.

No, she isn't very modest,

but she's good enough for me.


Let us sing the praise of Horus

as our fathers did before us:

we're the New Egyptian Chorus.

(And that's good enough for me!)


Let us sing the praise of Lilith,

for she doeth what she willeth.

When she willeth, Lilith killeth,

which is good enough for me.


We will gather in our saunas,

when the spirit comes upon us,

to perform the rites of Faunus,

and that's good enough for me.


Says my mom: "This witchcraft's looney,

and this pagan stuff is gooney,

but at least he's not a Mooney,

so that's good enough for me."


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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