In The Walters Art Gallery: The Temptation In Eden - Poem by Anne Higgins
It meets you on the central stairs-
life sized wreath
in glazed white porcelain.
Olive green leaves
decked with yellow pears,
frame Adam and Eve
large as a python,
capable of swallowing them both,
winds herself round
of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The serpent's porcelain arms
the shining fruit.
From one angle,
Eve looks interested;
the serpent, earnest.
Eve and the serpent
share twin blonde faces.
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