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Creation Story
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Richard Allen Taylor


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Some say myth, I say real.

Eve did the crime by taking the apple.
Adam aided and abetted by eating it,
then later claimed he was seduced,

as if God would accept that as an excuse.
The tale must be true because it keeps
occurring. What I don’t understand

is how we know the apple was an apple
and not a peach or pear or plum.
I don’t recall the Bible being

specific, don’t remember seeing
Red Delicious or Granny Smith
in the Old Testament. So who’s to say it wasn’t

a Waldorf salad with chopped walnuts, dressed
in a light vinaigrette; they were
in a garden, after all, and had an eclectic

menu, at least six different kinds
of lettuce, waiters in white loin cloths, wooden
sporks clacking softly against stoneware bowls—

maybe a little tree-climbing music harping
in the background. Ah, the life of luxury
we could have had! All our troubles

might have been avoided if only Eve
had offered the man something less
desirable, an olive, perhaps,

so sour, so oily, instead of the apple,
so deliciously red, so tempting.
We might have had a different history,

perhaps an extra extra virgin
version pressed between our pages, a history
we could be more proud of, one without sin

or need of God, a world where we could just be
a bunch of naked vegetarians, rooted
in an overpopulated Eden, leaf-gazing,

waiting for the tomatoes to ripen, and
asking if other gardens like this exist
beyond the heaven around us. 

From Armed and Luminous (forthcoming).
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

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Richard Allen Taylor dabbled in poetry in his late 20s and early 30s, then abandoned the genre completely until, encouraged by friends, he picked up the pen again in his 50s. Today, Richard is the author of two poetry collections and his poems and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Richard currently serves as review editor for The Main Street Rag literary magazine and is a co-editor of Kakalak, a journal featuring writers, artists and photographers of North and South Carolina. Richard lives in Charlotte, NC.

 


Post New Comment:
rhonasheridan:
Oh yes! A perfect theory. Loved it
Posted 11/18/2015 04:04 AM
transitions:
Interesting theory, great poem. Does make one wonder...!
Posted 11/17/2015 12:59 PM
erinsnana:
I loved it!
Posted 11/17/2015 11:32 AM
Jo:
What fun!
Posted 11/17/2015 11:19 AM
pwax:
What fun!
Posted 11/17/2015 10:07 AM
Lori Levy:
Loved the humor and imagination in this poem.
Posted 11/17/2015 10:05 AM
blueskies:
Delightful! Rich with food-for-thought(s). Lov'd your SEEING of the garden. Thanks.
Posted 11/17/2015 09:54 AM
KevinArnold:
Fun.
Posted 11/17/2015 09:20 AM
mimi:
my thoughts exactly--thanks for sharing!
Posted 11/17/2015 08:06 AM
Larry Schug:
Excellent! Entertaining, while thought provoking; you can't ask any more from a poem.
Posted 11/17/2015 07:56 AM
jeeger:
So far, one of my favorites!
Posted 11/17/2015 04:09 AM


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