The Gentleman Downstairs and Other Satanic Parables and Fables

Invasive Exotics

A man tended gardens for a royal family. The plants thrived because of their value, beauty, and vivacity in the soil. The new queen had different ideas about tending the grounds. She believed all plants should grow in the gardens. Even weeds.

“If the weeds are not contained, the garden will suffer,” the gardener protested.

“If it is green, let it grow,” the queen told her gardener.

The gardener shrugged, shook his head and went back to work. The decree went out: any plant would thrive in the beds.

In a short time the invasive weeds spread, taking over plots of the garden beds. Flowers, shrubs and other specimens in the gardens faded and receded. Those that survived weakened and suffered. The gardener tried to save what he could. But the weeds were strong. The native plants deteriorated and their reproduction slowed.

The queen planned a party. She told the gardener to decorate the castle with clippings from the garden. All he could muster were vases full of dandelions and thorns. The queen’s guests were disheartened and disappointed with the display. The queen was dismayed at this reception and went to the garden.

She gasped when she reached the overgrown back lawn. Around a corner, she saw that the gardener had maintained a protected, small plot. There, the original species still flourished. Drying her eyes, the queen saw the error of her ways. She encouraged the gardener to return the garden to its former glory.



“People of talent and ability are encouraged to reproduce in order to enrich the gene pool from which our species can grow.”

Gilmore, Peter. The Satanic Scriptures. Baltimore: Maryland. Scapegoat Publishing, 2007.


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