I gave you earth

I gave you light

I gave you sea

I gave you sight.


You seemed happy enough, at first.


I gave you power

I gave you walls

and words to name

the animals.


You enjoyed that. It took days.

I gave you days.


I gave you fruits

I said this one, don’t touch.

It didn’t seem to bother you



When you complained

that you were bored

into your side

one night I sawed


and from a rib

I fashioned Eve.

You rubbed your eyes

in disbelief.


You said, is she really for me?

I said, as you are, for her.


I gave the two of you some time on your own.


I taught you games

and anagrams.

Presents are serpents, you laughed.



First published in Lighten Up Online, March 2017