What the Snake Whispered in Eve’s Ear

By Truth Thomas


Well now, looka hear Eve, your skin is soft as a silkworm’s belly.

Hasn’t anyone told you?  And I mean, really, what has Adam done

for you lately—leaving you alone in the garden like this with hips

as wide as all creation?  I wouldn’t, but that’ssss just me.  And I


don’t mean no harm, but didn’t that first boy tell you you’re as fine

as Hummingbird’s feathers—fresh as dew collecting rainbows on

an orchid’s lips?  Everyone in the garden can see it Sis—except

perhaps for you.  I want you to.  But ah, that’s right, that’s right—


the tree that lets you know your glow is off limitssss.  That’s what

God said, didn’t he?  I mean, that’s what I thought I heard him say

when he was lying to you about good and evil cuisine and all.  Oh,

did I say “lying?”  I mean when he was just “talking” to you about


the way he thinks you, and all other ribs, should live.  My My My.

Now, how is anybody going to tell a goddess what she should or

shouldn’t eat—or who she shouldn’t kiss?  Oops, did I ssssslip up

and tell the truth again—call you by your name?  Goddess?  My


Goddess?  My serpent curious queen?  Well now, listen hear Eve,

you know I would never be the one to come between an idol and

the Most High’s commands.  Just let me introduce you to a little

nibble.  I’m sure God will understand.




Truth Thomas is a singer, songwriter, and poet, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, raised in Washington, DC. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Party of Black (Flipped Eye/Mouthmark Press, 2006), A Day of Presence (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2008), and Bottle of Life (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010). His fourth book, Speak Water, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2011. He serves on editorial boards of both the Tidal Basin Review, and the Little Patuxent Review. Some of his work has appeared in: The Progressive, Quiddity Literary Journal, and The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni).

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