Treasure Island

Nhuan LeXuan

(1930 / Vietnam)

Owing to Eve


OF what is good and of what is bad,
The human race owes this knowledge to Eve.
By getting herself and Adam in fig leaves clad,
She was the first human Wisdom to conceive.

Alas! after that they were into a dilemma put
Between conservative hold and radical edification.
The libertine wanted to reject mythical root
And the ascetic to stand absurd predestination.

That is why even Noah’s descendants
Rebelled against God, building the Babel tower,
While the self-claimed Creator’s dependants,
Inquisitors, persecuted people to impose power.

We, today, have found no waters above the dome
(But many suns, the Big Bang, the Black Hole) !
Much older than six thousand years: Man’s home!
Organ implants, test tube babies: non-God’s role!

Determined not to use Wisdom to sham,
Humankind is to improve and perfect human life.
One should no longer remain as meek as a lamb
But follow Eve who has ventured that first stride.

Submitted: Saturday, December 18, 2004
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