Snake Tales

1. TAKING THE RAP

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. . . so I said to Eve the Courageous,

“Here’s something extraordinary—
a thing as sweet as knowing 
but bitter too, possibly lethal
and (at the very least)
a gateway to trouble yet

a wonder worth the risk,”
I said, being at least as honest
as a priest

And Adam (you must know)
was not off on some pious ramble
through the garden picking figs
and licking maple sap
……. praying, Lord, Lord,

but was right there,
his side with dubious absent rib
pressed against her, naked, attentive,
positively inclined but cautious,
prepared in case things went south,
to slap a fig leaf on
and have the woman
take the rap.

Jim
4/15/18