Another Visit to EdenCatherine Esposito Prescott
1. Once Adam and Eve became aware of the bareness of their skin, once they shied from each other, the garden disappeared, and all hell broke loose. Birds went right on singing, bees buzzed a languorous buzz, but their new minds were tireless, and they found themselves in everything: "The leaves are crying," said Adam. "The birds sing because they are lonely," said Eve, "They sing to find each other." The original couple went on like this until their minds wrapped like weeds around the garden choking its roots. 2. Meanwhile, Eve had nothing to wear and none of the leaves she found were the right size, shape or color. One palm frond strategically placed worked for Adam, but Eve was beside herself. Some flamingos took pity on her – poor anxious creature – and gave her some feathers. But Eve said they weren’t the right size, shape or color. Eve told Adam she felt insatiable. She had a desire she could not name, and could not fill. She said she was a lake with no water. Adam said he understood, but really he was too busy watching a pair of mating deer to pay close attention. Things were never quite the same after that.
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