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 QuestionSo, what do you think? Did Eve have free will? Did she have any choice regarding the apple?
of Free Will
noticing the skeleton
on every leaf
the lion's mouth
and antelope's neck
at God's plan
had Eve refused
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.
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