March 16, 2012

Poetry Friday--Eve

The Imperfect Paradise: Poems is the title of a book by Linda Pastan; it is also the title of a section in the book where we find poems about Eve (and Adam and Paradise).

In the section, are several thought-provoking poems, including this one:
On the Question
of Free Will

noticing the skeleton
on every leaf

and how
the lion's mouth
and antelope's neck
fit perfectly,

I wonder
at God's plan
had Eve refused
the apple.
So, what do you think? Did Eve have free will? Did she have any choice regarding the apple?

Here's what I think:
What Eve Should Have Done

Rather than take the bite that sealed
the fate of all women to come,
Eve should have plucked the apple
peeled it, sliced it, drizzled it
with a little nectarous honey, sprinkled
it with chopped nuts and grains.
She should have baked it until
it was hot and fragrant and luscious
and God could only stand there
drooling and begging for a bite.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

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Dürer engraving courtesy Library of Congress. Did you notice the cat is front and center?


  1. To twist the fate that many think is their only destiny is something for each of us to ponder. What an interesting look at those supposedly beginning choices. To be tongue-in-cheek is good advice perhaps. Thanks, Diane.

  2. A delicous response to the question indeed, Diane! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you, ladies. I like what you said Linda, "To twist the fate that many think is their only destiny is something for each of us to ponder." Despite our being in the 21st century, there are still many girls who think they have only one destiny.

  4. Thanks for pointing out the cat.

    And yes to making God drool over baked apples!!