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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               


  skewered-               



 crumbling martyr     


        a Magnificent Charta   


    A magnificent mass of seething gas     


         hissing and endless


            nameless     


 nothingness-           


 


 


   And Then God Screamed


    


   and The Chaos knew that scream:        


     for then god whispered


   for six days thereafter        


            until


     dog-tired         


  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            


  better             


      look,    


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         


   farted


and said               


  "Man..."             


   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                


 intelligent             


  or thoughtful        


     as this hapless        


           hopeless             



     pink thing              


  will try to be   


               nor as     


           destructive         


          merciless            


        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


             berries          


     climbed trees               


  and tried


   to get high enough     


              for God.  


 


        Ape still tries to climb 


               these trees


            but,    


  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.

Bobbi
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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