The New Eve


Poor Eve. She got a bad rap. All over the Judeo/Christian world, young girls hear the story of Eve and struggle to come to grips with the “religious” prejudices against them. What is the female psyche to make of such an indictment? Certainly the currently accepted patriarchal interpretation of Eve is an indictment of the female human. Reference to this Eve is always and ever present in our lives. Cartoons featuring Adam and Eve are as common as the one of the guy stranded on a mini island with a palm tree.

THE NEW EVE
Face the challenge, James Lasdun,
Of the evolution of consciousness.
Along with so many others
You perceive the woman’s apple
Through an ancient I.
Guilty of preserving the myth
That’s now gone rancid.

It’s time ripe to recognize change.
Embrace the rolling stone,
Free up the sclerotic flow between your cortexes
Bring the apple out of disrepute
Into the luminous dawn.
Wisdom is who eats the apple
And transforms the snake.