EVE: Who Learned the Consequences
of Being the Lady with Brains
Eve, the day that Adam met her,
could see at once that she knew better.
The man was charming and correct
but not a massive intellect.
It wasn't long before Eve guessed
her husband really was obsessed
with that forbidden apple tree –
"The day we eat, we die," said he.
But Eve was sure that God's intent
was good, and that He only meant
to test their judgment and good sense
and not their blind obedience.
Confirming this, up spoke the Snake:
"I see, my dear, you're wide awake!
Now, Adam – well – a good man – but –
he's thicker than a coconut.
The good Lord deals in hints and signs
and we must read between the lines.
He means for you to try all things –
insight is what the apple brings."
Our couple gave the fruit a try,
and Snake was right! They didn't die!
But when their garden hit the skids
they worked like demons for their kids –
like all the couples since, who slave
to buy the house, the car, the grave,
and toil without a moment's rest
because Their Kids Deserve the Best.
The moral is: If you have got
a mortgage on a house and lot,
the kids, the camper, that whole bit –
you owe it all to woman's wit.
2001; originally printed in Pivot.
by permission of the author.