The World and the Fall

                                    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” previously appeared in an anthology, Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise, Outrider Press.