Sunday, June 16, 2019

Blame: a trilogy

After Genesis 3:1-19

The questions fly:

Who did this
what have you done
did you do what
I told you not to do
who told you
you were naked

It was the woman 
you gave me
(clever: a double denial,
a double shift: blame
the woman and blame
the One who gave 
the woman)

It was the serpent
who deceived me
with his slithering
words (aka, the devil
made me do it)

The serpent says nothing
but he smirks.

The condemnation flows
in reverse order:
   a curse of position
   a curse of pain
   a curse of labor, of work
   of toil, of sweat

a curse of dust
raised from dust
returned to dust

and a promise:
to be continued.

Photograph by Frederica Giusti via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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