Understanding Eve

Julia Klatt Singer


Hell, she's naked and in paradise
with Adam

warm sun, cool shade
soft grass, the hiss of a snake

who wouldn't reach up
pick the ripe fruit, hanging there?

days spent wandering the garden
nights spent with Adam

exploring, until sleep curled around them,
exhaling dreams. 

mornings spent listening
to his heartbeat, waking slowly

naming things.  (maybe that was the problem
the naming of things)

All she wanted to do
was taste it 

feel the crunch of its flesh
between her teeth 

offer the same to Adam.  Taste the juice
on his lips as she kissed him 

so that Adam & apple
become one and the same.