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and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit
by Tarek Ali Hassan

Friday, August 22, 2003

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The turnings taken in human social evolution creating discord with biological evolution is leading the species down a blind alley of mounting violence unto destruction, unless the miracle of a new consciousness of harmony evolves


The apple eater by Tarek Ali Hassan

(a perennial drama in search of OSIRIS)
being a very slow cummulative critique of pure reason, mathematics and automated non-interactive certainty)

(Act1 )

Year 0 minus33 .000?

...and was born
an apple eater..
and was born he who ate the forbidden fruit
and was loved
by the good

and the "good" could not love
BECAUSE they were "good"
and he was born an apple eater
and it does not become the good
to grow apple eaters

and was told of the guilt
the guilt of the apple eater
the cause of all pain
suffering
disease
separation, loss and calamity
...and he believed
for he was born
so true

and KNEW the guilt
for he believed
the guilt ..
of the apple eater
the guilt ..
of being born ..
an eater of the forbidden fruit
the guilt of being born

he was born infected with the virus of curiosity, research and perpetual growth
A new creative response to the dilemma of survival


(The next Act)

..and was modified
what can not be modified

..and LET be modified and modified
what can not be modified..

(Act3 )

and was led
and chose to be led
and needed to be led
and led .. others of his kind ..
onto the road
to peace ....
for at times
he had known of the price
of life: I mean eating the forbidden fruit
and was afraid

(The next Act)

... but was born again AN APPLE EATER ...

? a genetic fluke that must surely be corrected in this age of GM?and anti-viral agents

and was immediately sucked into intensive care
and was saved

by the prophets, divination, priests, education, socialisation,automation and pasturisation
and was saved by ritual
by the law .... and reason
and was saved by wisdom ...
... and believed he was saved and knew the peace
of salvation

and the law encircled him in a fatal embrace seeming liberation
and he did not know it ..
and the priests
the pundits
the wise
sucked dry all questioning in his heart
and he did not know it

it was all to keep the peace
and they did enforce a peace .. of sorts

and counter to the many teachings of Osiris
weapons were invented and used
not for hunting or planting
but for head hunting and beating

a novel way to keep the peace had been discovered
a novel way to prove the truth

a sort of peace
a sort of truth

he was thus allowed some peace
protected from his tormenting apple eating self

and the “Saviour” said:
I am the way the truth and the life
And they would not hear
and they would not delve into the self for to understand
they rushed to the protection of an easier weapons-made peace

and it was a fatal peace...
it was a fatal turn
and he did not know it
he would not know of it

and even when pursued by ghosts
he would not understand

dark dark doubts pursued him
centuries too late

"me no understand"
“me did not understand”

this was the easy way

and the history of his peace was always marked, inexplicably
by blood, violence and unspeakable hurt

Ecce homo

I am guiltless, you are all guiltless absolved!
Find the miraculous center, the resolution of all contradictions
the balance point to harmonious justice
this is the real struggle demanding heroes great

And the bloodied Saviour told his tormentors who would not know or understand:
“I man, naked and alive, am the truth, the way and the life!”
“Know the truth and the truth shall make you free”
but they would not delve into the self!
that theatre of war was to prove the most terrifying of all

"me, no understand"
“me, no hear, no see, no speak”

and on all warring sides
all factions affirm their universal truth:
the race of apple eaters is evil
KNOW THYSELF
KNOW THE TRUTH alive and it shall make you free
The futile echo grows fainter and yet more faint as history affirms with deafening evidence

apple eaters ARE
creatures of unspeakable evil
we and only we have the solution and resolution of this calamity
this harm

and again was perfected
all manner of machinery
for to cut up, restrict and reduce
for to dry and dye and spy and try
the apple eater

and overwhelmed by all this glorious achievement
suffocated by all this monumental deafness
he died
and did not know it
for as he died, the celebration music was too loud and boisterous
it was martial, erotic, sadistic and aggressively dull
the sort of surround music that makes you dumb, numb and deaf for life
and it announced incessantly
with all manner
of electronic enhancement:

hurrah for dyeing, destroying, lying, spying,
buying, selling, profiteering, re-buying
HP toads lizards ants cockroaches mice rats,paper and rice
survival at any price
Hard dutiful work for the state makes free, peaceful and safe

he HAD been made peaceful and free (after a fashion)
and was given a new and artificial tongue
and a mechanical heart
for he had been made
a rational being
and a wise being
and a reasonable being
and REASONED that this peace was good..
and his state was right, upright and free

he was now able to rationalise
ANYTHING justify EVERYTHING

He reasoned with perfect logic that he and his were always right

easier to die before to die
for fear of to die or hurt?

The “Saviour” said “…

Osiris said: ...

shut up
what gibberish!

(abrupt end of act)

(Next Act)

(From the invention of the printing press up to mass media and
mass communication and subliminal education. 1600 AD to2002)

?????????????????????????..

and printed his reason
in books
and sacred books
and divine books
and sacrosanct books
and more books...
and IMPRINTED his reason with books....
in innocent brains..
soft brains

HE IMPRINTED HIS REASON ON MEMORIES
confused and fogged...
AND PROTECTED HIS REASON WITH GUNS
and bigger guns
and built a world of substitutes and look-alikes
and built it higher still
for his reason was good
and right
and logical ...
it was reasonable ...

and the material world obeyed his reason
sometimes

BUT WAS BORN AGAIN AN A P P L E E A T E R ......


Act6

D I V E R S I O N

KNOTS and self validating circuits
(with homage to Imhotep, Al Hallag, Kafka, Laing, Nicolas de Stael, Alfred Jarry, Goya, Wiedekind, Magnasco, Dostoevsky, August Strindberg and Camus)

you think that I think that she thinks that they think
that you are..

material hubhub
great noise
violent peace
divisive peace
force of arms
armed forces
reductionist view
political ploy
religious employ
liquorice all sorts
they think
that I think that u think that they think and r
terrible things
yes, yes, yes
guilty cruel, dangerous and mean

extracts of myriad confessions made:

I the apple eater
humbly do confess to all this harm
I do confess to unlimited evil

Just give me a chance to show you

the evidence is overwhelming .. complete

the devil is within me

I am evil
the devil
the devil everywhere

let me show you …

build then
quickly
houses of correction
prisons, brothels
shackles, fetters chains all sorts
build walls
create guards
armed guards
set up all manner of secret services
for to delve into the remote and dark recesses
of this most evil labyrinth of sinfulness
and do not forget fire and flagellation
isolation and deprivation
invent all manner of tormentation
for to exorcise and save this devil-ridden race of apple eaters

The twentieth century

and it came to pass that the most good of all the world
strengthened as never before
by glorious application, science and automation
killed half the seed of Europe one by one
obeying orders automatically: It was an age of discipline, progress and automation
then they all proceeded to kill the next generation again
even before the first flood of blood was drained, dried, hidden or washed away
then proceeded to visit the process -I mean- the progress
on a bewildered and guilty south
and north and west and east again and again


p.s. by stp and x

I am good
I have matured
says the new breed of automated non-apple eating male
a good denier am I
of all violence and brutality
I have a perfectly clean
mentality
you can even check
my web browsing record

I have to make things look good
for as from now I am the reigning model supreme!
I am the new reality, the fashion and the rage
and if I can not be cloned by education, subliminal TV and chips
I shall be bred and re-bred by deletion of all unnecessary genes

end of p.s.


Act7

Shock waves

And they all gathered in the manger for the new birth
and for salvation
BUT WAS BORN AGAIN AN APPLE EATER....
and they knew this and ran ? hysterically
the “Saviour” is affirming the sin and claims innocence!

Escape into science and cyber-space

and then they all gathered in the lab
around the magical tt
they doctored again the whole process
of conception, birth and pre-conception
BUT WAS BORN AGAIN AN APPLE EATER....
and they ran hysterically
or ran rationally
for to quarantine the damned thing with the latest anti-virus software
they all ran
to the eager embrace of pure reason and logic
they ran for to modify
the creature
for to cause the creature
to be reborn a rational being
and a legal being
and a good being
and a right being
a safe being

BUT WAS BORN AGAIN AN APPLE EATER .....
and reason would have said .. and said
DO NOT EAT THE APPLE
DO NOT DELVE INTO THE FORBIDDEN AREAS

and logic and wisdom
and necessity
but he ate the apple and happened

as he was kicked out of his Heaven womb for some mysterious and terrible crime
he was guilt-ridden and terrified .....and RAN


F A S T E R

AND REASONED

F A S T E R ....


and the elders too, affirmed the guilt and ran
faster
and reasoned their way
faster, faster, and yet faster into unspeakable and escalating violence


BUT WAS BORN AGAIN AN APPLE EATER .....


copyright 2003 THA Hassan and the ZKH Foundation

Mozart and Osiris
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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 4/9/2005
Tarek, this impressive critique, which Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU shared with me, makes perfect sense to a god-thinker who's looked for the truth behind the 'apple's truth' her whole life. You've created, brilliantly and with a fundamental flare of mental light which ignites the solar plexus, a modern day cautionary tale of world-wide magnitude.

I was born in the form of an apple eater, but I eat no more 'apples of truth'. It's time to shake the 'tree' of its deadweight, journey into self to find the soul's core, and complete the mission of life.

I thank you, Tarek Ali Hassan, for the clarity and clarion call of your words in this numbing jungled orchard of perverted Eden.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 4/4/2005
Tarek,

A mesmerizing perennial drama that encapsulates great thought and wisdom by holding the reader, who in turn is enraptured by the poem's silk woven imagery ... an incredible write of the highest magnitude!!

Best regards,

Robert

Reviewed by Aberjhani 4/2/2005
AND WAS BORN AN EATER OF THE FORBIBBEN FRUIT is that rarest dazzling literary fusion of poetry, philosophy, history, religion, and drama all rolled into a single superb aesthetic creation. These lines carry the reader into an intellectually and spiritually charged visualization of the history of humanity's ever expanding and contracting soul. In this, you have given us something more than glittering diamonds or tempting gold. You have given us a true glimpse into the living heart of what it means to be who and what we are. Thank You.
Aberjhani
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi Benyehu (Reader) 1/5/2005
August 23, 2003. 17:51 E.S.T.

by Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

... And despite all warnings, I let myself be induced by the Reptile "and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit"... Could it identify the Sado- Masochist nature of my social body? (Mankind)

You, inspired One, You revealed the whereabouts of my generations, from the “Tale Of The Eden” to the birth of the press, and showed me all my foolishness and advancement up to the twenty-first century, but I am still a slave of the Reptile, "and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit" again through the psychobiology of my existence as mankind.

I can see traces indicating a referral that we could be the Fly-Commanders, Titans, later known as deities (Descendents of the Commanders, Titans.) that forgot how to get back to our base, and then, without direction, – or flying charter to return to the base, – we decided to create a home on Earth; and because we could not tell our subordinates what was going on, we started the colonization of this planet telling them lies? Instead of telling them that we were lost, we invented the Reptile and the Apple…? Could You be trying to tell me that “What starts with lies, in lies shall live”– like in the Murphy’s Law?

I should be talking on the poetical and dramatics of "and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit". This work has an excellent flowing. The form keeps its pace and the composition, as a whole is an outstanding one in Free Verse form. This style of Yours does keep one into the reading. I am very impressed with Your artistic capabilities, and can affirm to You that I will read anything written by Author Poet, Musician, Dramatist and Physician, Tarek Ali Hassan

It was a privilege to read Your "and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit".

I thank You.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 8/23/2003
Again? Forever an apple-eater? It is very scary!A very broad subject and a very valid argument.. Your 'head' is my muse, Doctor Tarek. I hope I have enough energy to learn it all from you. This poem is too rich for me to comment on in a few lines. I think I should answer your tacit question ( How to become a no-apple-eater when I was born and re-born an apple-eater?)in a poem.. You write:
"I am guiltless, you are all guiltless absolved!
Find the miraculous center, the resolution of all contradictions
the balance point to harmonious justice
this is the real struggle demanding heroes great "

How I aspire to do that!

But who invented the myth of "The Apple" in the first place? The myth of the "devil" and the "Serpent"? Was it not man? Just to absolve himself of greed and justify his decadence. If there were ever an apple that was on a forbidden tree, Adam had enough apples on all allowed trees to savour. It was his avarice that got him curious about 'delving into the forbidden'.
As Salman Rushdie says: "there is a limit to everything we know, except the perversion of man".

This dramatic poem discusses the classic theme of the fall of man, from a modern point of view, the view of the industrial man , the cyber man and the cloned one. Is there any hope that man can become a deity, a king of the universe? No,The poet affirms: "but was born again an apple-eater"; this was the resolution to the thematic question. In circles, the confused man's mind goes and never reaches but where he was born: the disgrace of the apple-eater.
The language of the poem simulates the workings of the mind of the apple-eater with the repurcussion of the title as refrain achieving perfection in composition.

Thank you for insiring the first generation of poets of the 21st century!

Nevine Al Seidi



Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 8/23/2003
There will always be an apple eater--someone to delve into forbidden areas. Great thoughts.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 8/23/2003
WOW, Tarek I am humbled and impressed beyond impressed if that is even at all possible. This is such a supreme writing of free flowing thoughts, so uplifting and inspiring! Thank You for sharing this one Tarek!
~Nikki~
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 8/23/2003
You get me started thinking too early in the morning, but I enjoy the challenge.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/23/2003
Gem of a write...am saving this in my file....clap clap.....BHUWAN
Reviewed by jude forese 8/23/2003
marvelous mesh of thoughts and images...
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 8/22/2003
Excellent free-form poetry aping a computer program -- highly reflective with wonderful point/counterpoints and small sharp insights! A smart synergy of intellectual discourse and stream-of-consciousness art! Well-crafted and wonderfully executed!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/22/2003
Magnificent Tarak! I will read this many times, and hopefully understand it more each time. "All who have ears to hear and eyes to see, but they knew not, and he allowed them to remain dumb and blind for he knew their hearts"....
Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers 8/22/2003
this is one to be read a little at a time, and given over to reflection... digested and then one should move on...I for one will have to copy and read it slowly... I love a great mystery... seems you have written one in this... I can't wait to read the end <smiling>... very good write
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 8/22/2003

I was reading… "and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit" it is a dawn of

the new thinking under the light of Consciousness.

I am on an emergency, but will return to re-read

"and was born an eater of the forbidden fruit" at the earliest possible.


It is an impressive work.

I Salute You, inspired One!

Happy Healthy Friday’s Night and an accomplishing and relaxing Saturday.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Floreann Cawley 8/22/2003
magnificent write..Floreann *****
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