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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Little Eve

art by Felicia Olin
Why'd you do what you did, Little Eve, Little Eve?
Why'd you go and do it, Little Eve?
Everything was perfect, Little Eve, Little Eve
Now you've gone and thrown it all away

Once we had it all
We were young and in love
Everything was good as good could be
Swimming in the streams,
climbing up our tree
I was made for you and you for me

We were gonna be together
You and me for life
We had a little garden we could share
Our world was full of beauty
There wasn't any strife
So happy, Eve
We didn't have a care

Why'd you do what you did, Little Eve, Little Eve?
Why'd you go and do it, Little Eve?
Everything was perfect, Little Eve, Little Eve
Now you've gone and thrown it all away

How many times I warned you
but you would not believe
guys out there are gonna tell you lies
When that snake came a callin'
you were so naive
He smiled at you and you looked in his eyes

Now Eve we're in a mess
This is really bad
Those promises he made to you were fake
I feel like we are fallin'
Should've listened to your Dad
God knows that you can never trust a snake

(Chorus)

Evie, next time think twice
Oh Evie, we've lost our paradise.

submitted for Poetry Picnic, Week 1, Adam and Eve, at Gooseberry Garden

13 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha...nice song...and i dont think it is all little evies fault...

Rachel Hoyt said...

BEAUTIFUL words! It definitely reads like a song. You make the horrible sting of betrayal come to life with somber understanding.

M. A. S. said...

I'd be pretty tempted by a purple and gold snake, too.

I like that the primary image here is Adam and Eve in Eden, but you never say Adam or Eden. And when you reference God and Dad, they don't necessarily refer to the same person. I like the modern parallels I can draw here.

Lauren said...

i adore your blog!

Dave King said...

Oh, that is lovely. Absolutely brilliant! Needs singing, of course, but even as it is it is magnificent.

blackswanpoetry said...

god know you can never trust a snake. God knows that is true...

The Cello Strings said...

very profound and lovely take...

darev2005 said...

Hee hee hee! Sounds like it should have been a Pete Seeger song. Or maybe Woodie Guthrie. I like it. Now we just gotta set it to a tune...

charleslmashburn said...

Very enjoyable take on the story of Adam and Eve!

My offering for this week: http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/this-eden/

Morning said...

if eve did not do it, then we are not where we are.

lovely pondering!

Arnab Majumdar said...

Loved the artwork, and the way the whole poem / song has been matched with the present. Tugged at the thought processes in a wonderful way, this one...

Cheers,
Arnab Majumdar on SribbleFest.com

Fireblossom said...

That snake in the artwork cracks me up. What an expression.

And anyway, she had to eat the apple. It's not like there was any Skinny Cow laying around, and otherwise it's donuts.

bodhirose said...

Honestly, I think this could be a cute song. I really like the "Little Eve" title and throughout the poem.

Love it!