Treasure Island

Mary Havran

(1950 / Ohio)

Garden of Choice


Two in the Garden of Eden
who had everything to lose
the bounty of all creation
save one fruit forbidden to choose
Their fates, and our fate as well,
were resting in their own hand
in what splendor would we dwell
had they honored that sole command

Two in the Garden of Eden
each charged with that sacred choice
Either one could have chosen
to disregard the serpent's voice
Yet one, then the other, failed
abdicating Eden for one bite
their naked wickedness unveiled
lost forever Garden's delight

Two in the Garden of Eden
did they think but once or twice
before initiating rejection
of God's bounty beyond price
Two in the Garden of Eden
which one should bear the blame
for being the greater heathen
which one would we dare name

Two in the Garden of Eden
but either one of the two
might have differently chosen
passing blessings as their due
Two of us in that Garden
with same choice to make today
would we not likewise give in
as well throwing all away

Though we do not live in Eden
we inherited much the remain
Do we cherish our earthly garden
or pollute every inch of terrain
We too may opt for an Eden
in our hands we hold Earth's fate
Will we empower serpents again
or tend our garden before too late?

Submitted: Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (12/4/2007 4:47:00 PM)

    I disagree with the comment below. I find this almost lyrical with the mild repetition and therefore memorable and in the interim (the most important bits) it is erudite, learned and eye-opening. Oh... well-written I hope would be incorporated in that. t x (Report) Reply

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