Taking the Rap

adam eve serpent.jpg

. . . so, as Adam reached out toward
Eve the Courageous, he thought,
“Now 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,”
he said (being cunning as a priest)—
Adam (you must surely 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.