Larry Schug

A serpent, disguised as a girl,
went to school
with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil
in her back pack.
She was gonna share it with her boyfriend,
but the teachers found it, ate the fruit first
and taught this knowledge to all their students
year after year after year.
Everyone believed in these teachings
but everyone forgot this knowledge
came from a serpent,
metaphorical though it was.
It wasn’t long before
the teachers had killed all the snakes;
they had no choice, they said.

©2012 This work is the property of the author.

Posted on November 28, 2012, in Larry Schug, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Larry’s work…And I’m sure you can see why. What I want to know about the Garden of Eden parable, sexual prejudice aside, is how could Eve have chosen to eat the fruit of knowledge unless she already had the freedom to choose to do so? Or am I being too literal?

    Read more of Larry’s excellent poetry by clicking the link and then following the Older Posts tab beneath the “like” box.

  2. Serpentine poem in shape with good parallelism of rhythm and form with a recaptured poet’s chic and mindful understanding of(checkered and chick) myths and psychic truth of tattle tale telling.

  3. If Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, then clearly she acted in ignorance. An act of ignorance is not one involving malice aforethought, i.e. innocent of any evil intent. Ergo, God should have forgiven Eve the apple. Created without any knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve were no more than children of whom obedience might be wished for, but not always realistically expected.


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