NaPoWriMo, Day 6

This one was inspired by the NaPoWriMo prompt of the day, urging us all to example Jheronimus Bosch’s triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights.


After Jheronimus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights


Adam is short a rib, but now has a plus-one

for garden parties.  He reclines, surprisingly relaxed

after the ultimate outpatient procedure,

on the grass while the Creator takes Eve’s pulse—

must be sure everything is working as it should.

Eve the Rib is uncertain, eyes downcast.

It must be the uneven terrain

that forces her knees to the ground,

because surely these gentlemen

would never refuse to offer assistance

or comfort in this unfamiliar place.  Surely

the Creator would take her hand,

a divine and dazzling warmth,

and help her find her footing.  But Adam’s toes

tangle in the Creator’s robes like a playful child

and it is he who holds Adam’s gaze.

Even the rabbit, already granted his playboy bunny,

turns an indifferent tale to this farce

just beginning to be written.


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