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.

Acknowledgements

Wild Things “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