I saw the thing and I thought it wept.

Oh, there were no tears;

Things have no tears.

They cannot weep.

But, you see,

I remember how God had made it.

Such a lovely stream;

clean and cool

and singing through a living land

like the throbbing, mobile thing it was.

And I wept for it.

To see the filth and scum



brushing the rocks

like some obscene lover;

Leaving a gift of rancid fragrance

to mingle with the empty offerings

of my brothers.

Where are the leaping trout?

Where are the laughing Eve

and wondering Adam?

There.  Behind that tree.

See, he’s throwing another Pepsi Can

into the stream.

And she sprays Glade on the roses.

Is that the voice of God I hear?

“Adam, where are you?

I’m waiting to fellowship with you!”

But Adam has run for his city;

pulling his Coupe de Ville around him.

And Eve hides her nakedness

with Revlon, Max Factor

and Gucci prints.

And the stream flows on

with no one to watch it die

but God;

Who stands weeping on the bank,

waiting for His children.

c.2011 Donna Swanson


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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5 Responses to EDEN REVISITED

  1. very beautiful.

    I grow up with a stream behind my house, a pond not far away in front of my house, I used to watch my father fishing in the river, love the view, especially in summer, when frogs jump around lily pads and all views are pure green…

  2. Morning says:

    stunning imagery..

    Happy Poetry Picnic.

  3. kaykuala says:

    Beautifully presented. Just how Man/women had fared since. They act rough against the environment, against everything, including themselves.

  4. bendedspoon says:

    wow! woot! whoa! Not only a lost Eden but Adam and Eve as well! I bow down to your talent 🙂

  5. David King says:

    This one completely captured me. A very original take on the subject of revisiting Eden. I loved the way modern references, all seamlessly worked in.

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