Anne Higgins

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In The Walters Art Gallery: The Temptation In Eden - Poem by Anne Higgins

It meets you on the central stairs-
Della Robbia's
life sized wreath
in glazed white porcelain.
Olive green leaves
decked with yellow pears,
frame Adam and Eve
The serpent,
large as a python,
capable of swallowing them both,
winds herself round
the Tree
of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The serpent's porcelain arms
twist invitingly,
hands offering
the shining fruit.
From one angle,
Eve looks interested;
Adam, somnolent,
the serpent, earnest.
Eve and the serpent
share twin blonde faces.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 17, 2008

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