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In the Shadow of Eden
by Laurence H Cramer

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
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This is part of a longer poem, called Shadow of Eden

    In the beginning was Darwin   

     and he lived amongst the apes 

      he rocked the cradle of creation  

          to cover his mistakes-

       I stared into the mirror      

        Deep beyond disguise: 

           inside lurked the ape        

  laughter in his hairy eyes:            

  I scratched my chin      

 then shaved it clean        

     the ape scratched his      

        but this was  dream.        



      Together, ape and I     

   we go aground in             

 a wild abounding              

    lemming rush       

         hurtling fission

            murderous vision       

          ran in them

           that runs in us    

          no light to lie by 

            no dark to die by  

              earth not solid         

        sea not fluid          

 upon this land               

   this island               


 crumbling martyr     

        a Magnificent Charta   

    A magnificent mass of seething gas     

         hissing and endless





   And Then God Screamed


   and The Chaos knew that scream:        

     for then god whispered

   for six days thereafter        



  and just before he rested     

         he screamed again      

 sight unseen, as yet untested    

  A strange new mould began to fill 

   The earth grew quiet with winter chill 


 God held His breath and the sky was still:        

   Everything  was curious,

 and leaned forward to see the fragile thing  

which had so immaculately been conceived-     

      The world peered forward

       to get a            



and they were all very skeptical.


         The flowers shrugged     

 and blew once more in the breeze.   


         The birds took flight

 and flew that flight with graceful ease.   

               The plants

 the fish

 and all manner of the beasts     

   saw no use for this New  Thing .


           Ape stepped forward       

         scratched head         


and said               


   circled once,           

stopped to de-flea                

 fleas fled 

 ape scratched head           

     again spoke     

    this time said:       

      "Of all you beastly              

    and birdly 

 lives out there,            

   none of you          

      could ever be           

     as powerful                


  or thoughtful        

     as this hapless        


     pink thing              

  will try to be   

               nor as     



        and sad           

as this hapless hopeless            

      pink thing


will certainly be."


Not one creature of creation           

    believed the ape

or would accept his strange apple,  

      so the devil left ape's body   

  and took with him ape's brain     

  and he approached the pink thing    

    in search of a new domain. 

           Ape went mad then       

        lived on nuts


     climbed trees               

  and tried

   to get high enough     

              for God.  


        Ape still tries to climb 

               these trees


  like us he needs          

a lot of devil inside       

   before he'll ever find   

     some God for his dis-ease. 


 While the world ignored this paltry scene 

           they stopped of sudden

 as they heard again the Creation Scream:        

        It wasn't God.


     It was the man thing,

The man thing who would be God.

   And it had screamed to fill a mould again    

    this time with a newer strain

blessed with beauty

  conceived without pain     

        and it had screamed    

        its first life breath  

   and thus had filled the mould again   

    and issued forth a newer strain   

       blessed with beauty

  conceived without pain            

   cursed to scream    

   and scream again.        

      The universe froze       

       half in adoration            

     half in fear  

 That the man thing could              

  Invent Itself-


       oh, the power!         

   The power of the man,    

     the man who would be God.


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Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 2/3/2006
Now the earth screams in distress because of what the pink creature called man has done to the glorious gift God Gave Them. I loved this piece.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/2/2006
This is quite a piece, Laurence - and I truly enjoyed reading it.
Reviewed by Divinity 11 2/2/2006
I really really like the way the words chase each other throughout this write...Quite thought provoking!!!!!! the labor pains are enough to shake the very cores of others and tear down their realities...

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