“Because there never was an apple,
in Adam’s opinion,
that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it.”
Because isn’t it a woman’s folly?
to recognize knowledge and vulnerability;
we know how our bodies live in danger,
how they live despite it.
But Eve never had to take a bite
to know her own nakedness
She just wanted to show Adam:
“see? this is what the world looks like,
it is not beautiful and soft
it is a man’s rib-world
sharp and hard-edged–
And I was still bloody
when you removed me
from your side
So I listened to the serpent
that your man-God
put in front of me;
And it makes you believe
that women are serpents, too.”
Women are serpents, too.
Because we were not made of a backbone
(and this is not to say we have no spine),
We were made from ribcage
we were made from a heart’s place.
So we ate the apple,
we ate the heart
that God hung up in that tree
and it was worth the trouble
if only so you could see–
There will always be an apple worth eating,
if only you ask Eve.
Beginning quote from Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Photo taken by the poet, Maxine Peseke, in October 2022, shortly after the poem was originally drafted.