1-3 Old Nick’s Joke

(What’s the allusion, 2nd quatrain, last verse?)

Old Nick’s Joke

To the world, Satan is a joke—
A creature of mythology,
Rising from liturgical smoke,
Credible as astrology.

Satan—and Zeus and Jupiter,
Earth Mother and hammer-held Thor—
A projection of fangs and fur.
(The “beast” schoolboys’ killed with gore.)

The Rover views landscapes of Mars.
A man beheads for all to see.
No answer comes from silent stars.
Old Nick loves anonymity.

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