Parshah of the Week - Bereshit
על גחנך תלך ועפר תאכל כל ימי חייך
.. You will crawl on your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
The Talmud (Brachot 57b) teaches us that the curse was pronounced against the serpent - that of having to eat dust - causes that their food is always a scope: wherever he goes, it is easy to find! stated further that: anyone dream of a snake is guaranteed to have an easy living!
Therefore, one may legitimately ask why this is a curse.
Actually, the curse lies in the fact that the snake is found at this distant point of holiness, it lacks the ability to look up at the sky and send his petition to Hashem for any food at all ... Its food is immediately at hand, he did not need to ask Hashem. It was served once and for all:
"Take what is yours and disappear from view, so I do not hear you or see you ..."