Did the Old One and the Snake
have some kind of plan?
And Eve, did she guess the part she had to play,
even before she ate?
Did some foreboding shiver down her spine,
of all that was to issue
From her and Adam? He must have looked at her,
and then knew too.
And later, when they shuddered
at the terror of it all,
The endless suffering, did they sometimes
remind each other of the taste they shared,
Which was in fact a gift of freedom,
a flavor easily forgotten.
This was the plan, then: the Old One
would appear from time to time
And give to whom he chose a task:
to help the others all remember.
The plan worked better in theory
than in practice:
As Eve had coveted the first gift,
so did those who got the second one.
Little good came of it all,
and much bad.
Many times, producer and director meant
to close the whole show,
But each time, some young person present
suddenly remembered everything
And for the sake of only two bright eyes
they blessed the world again.