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,
for speed and
environments. Geologies vaporized for us
in stunning light shows.
drowned out the screaming.
we could admit
that there was never
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.