Later, dead, we excavated a context for this unexpected losing of an earth.
God said she’d tried to warn us, but we’d put her into voicemail. This was, of course, quite true.
We rode in smoking cars, gluttonous for speed and sealed individualized micro- environments. Geologies vaporized for us in stunning light shows. Headsets drowned out the screaming.
Later, we could admit that there was never really any snake, saying Eat this tree. Go on. Eat them all.
“The World and the Fall” originally appeared in Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise, Outrider Press, Dyer, Indiana, 2008. “The World and the Fall” also appeared online in Fickle Muses, November 15, 2009, and in For a Better World 2011: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists, Ghosn Publishing, 2011. www.outriderpress.com/guildinfo.html