Meg Harris, Writing
June 14, 2017
Girls in the Garden
Because this is a love poem,
nudity should be expected
It may be cliché
but there will be flowers
and since this is love—gazing for hours.
A woman in love is a woman insane.
She’ll sacrifice everything in ritual flames.
Love eternal sometimes ends in flames,
even if pledged in an oath or a poem.
Such loss, it is said, made Lilith insane.
Her natural power is still not accepted.
She was supplanted by Eve within hours.
She ran from the garden in her footsteps were flowers.
For Lilith’s breath and her touch begat flowers.
And thoughts of her body, by Adam, begat flames.
When she disappeared, that man searched for hours.
He filled with lament and wrote sonnets and poems.
This longing for Lilith he hadn’t expected.
If not for Eve, he'd have gone insane.
Eve complained to God, her man was insane.
God gave Eve some apples which started as flowers.
Then he slithered away as should be expected.
A snake in the grass or in a bush full of flames.
God made Adam write his lies in a long-poem
and recite it to Lilith and Eve for hours and hours.
Brainwashing these women took more than hours.
For thousands of years, women were seen as insane.
Forbidden to speak, or to sing, or to poem.
Instead, they quietly tended the flames.
And if in their wake there were tides of flowers,
the power women remained unexpected.
Lilith and Eve would not behave as expected.
They studied and chanted like witches for hours,
raising power in starlight and in fiery flames.
Today belief in a Goddess is considered insane.
And when women look pretty they're treated like flowers.
They're worshiped in plays and dramatic poems.
The power of women is rarely accepted, by scholars, or clerics, in love or insane.
Yet young girls sit vigil for hours and hours. They tie up their hair in ribbons and flowers.
And speak secret wishes to candlelit flames, writing their poems and calling God by his name.