Spring 1981 • Vol. III No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1981 |

They

Adam alone had been Adam unknown, shadowless under the sun, lost in shadow under the moon, lost in thought that thought all things and found their names, and yet could not find Adam in its thought. The thought beyond Adam's thinking grew visible and saw: Adam abandoned, unwitting. In her regard he saw himself thought, in her thought found himself, found Adam. His lips parted. Adam. Endeared to himself in a globe of thought, now Adam thought multitudes of Adam mutilated toward purity —himself, a column, line, a point, then volumes of inanition. Pity him! the serpent whispered, placing the knowledge on her palm. It was round and simple and shining: You see how he consumes himself, he is dying. She saw, and offered the fruit, meaning: of her might Adam eat without himself falling to food —of her, of Eve, he could eat. Then Adam lay there, sated, sleeping. Figures crowded his dream in glory —while she, who desired only the bright raiment of his gaze, now saw her na

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