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Janice Townley Moore


Even before they bit the apple
how did Adam and Eve stay
in the garden together?
Disputes no doubt arose
over which bushes to trim,
which left to go wild.
Those with large leaves they left,
as though their innocence
had a vision of the future.
Even in Paradise differences
of opinion were walled in.
Those flowery bushes, for example,
overlapping the path to the river,
tickled Eve's thighs.
Adam enjoyed the titillation.
She broke off the offensive
branches to please herself,
leaving him puzzled,
ripping away her favorite
morning glories to get even.

This poem first appeared in POEM (May, 2014).
Used here with the author's permission.

Janice Townley Moore lives in the mountains of North Carolina, where she is active in the North Carolina Writers' Network. She has published a chapbook, Teaching the Robins, with Finishing Line Press.

Post New Comment:
Mary Lou Taylor:
Eve has a personaity!
Posted 06/29/2018 05:28 PM
Lori Levy:
Interesting take on possible arguments in the Garden of Eden!
Posted 06/27/2018 10:45 PM
mary ricketson:
Good to see you here Janice.
Posted 06/27/2018 09:50 PM
michael escoubas:
Disagreements in Paradise!! Thank you, Janice, this is something not often thought of--if Adam was anything like me, he could be confused even in Eden.
Posted 06/27/2018 05:59 PM
What Adam and Eve might have done is a rare and crazy idea!
Posted 06/27/2018 01:09 PM
I have seen those large leaves used in classic paintings. I love "titillation."
Posted 06/27/2018 09:23 AM
Larry Schug:
I love the flight of fantasy in Adam and Eve poems though what would Darwin or an anthropologist say? Thanks for this.
Posted 06/27/2018 08:57 AM
Was I ever forgiven for demolishing that special shrub!(inadvertently!). A good poem!
Posted 06/27/2018 05:50 AM

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