Original Sin

When the fall was over (in the blowing rain the oak
Leaves smashed on the garden road, the rose vines grey),
Through first eyes Adam looked at winter and spoke
To his frightened wife of taking their lives that day,
But, feeling they already had done that, sought a way
To please their dying, found for two a tomb
In the hills, but the cold in their new unliving room
Was as bad as it was outdoors, and not very cozy.
   By May, when the garden would again have been rosy,   
   For the sake of one season, despairing of bloom,
   He had burned every rose vine in indoor gloom.
   (Trees, too, had looked dead) where green spring
      might have stood,
   He had brought down whole forests for firewood.

–September 19, 1970

(“Original Sin” was published in Christian Guide, Knoxville TN.)

Published on January 30, 2007 at 5:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

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