Minyan Magazine has just published my poem, “Eve Offers Adam a Cyclamen,” my take on the Adam and Eve myth.
Eve Offers Adam a Cyclamen
Some say it’s an apple, some say an orange
or fig—hanging at arm’s length
from one branch of a tree of life,
the product of action, not action itself,
which would be the cyclamen bloom,
thin stem twisted and bowed in prayer,
petals of deep velvet folded back
exposing anthers and stigma,
which remain hidden under leaves, each a still
photo of an exotic fan dance, appearing
to reveal what it conceals: a red spot of sorrow
the heart carries years after consummation.
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