"Eve III" is the third of a trilogy
about the wives (of Adam,
Cain and Seth,) who were
the initial women refered
to in the book of Genesis.
Here Seth's wife speaks.
My days grow long as they are many,
for each a place I keep
inside a grateful heart by any
standard, aware how deep
the love who chose in me, ten thousand
moons ago, a wife
his gentleness has taught the hows and
wherefores of long life.
Five hundred babes I've given birth,
they all are strong and well,
striving hard to subdue the earth,
victorious stories can tell.
Too soon that day aborting play
has urged them on their way.
Things change as death has had its way
in all the world around
us now, yet we show no decay.
I look the same as when he found
his unpaired half, anticipating.
Wrinkle free, of gray
no hint, Adam , when tired of waiting,
drove his spirit away,
and breathed no more. Though fifty years
have passed, he looks the deep
he'll break as dawn returns and clears
last night of restful sleep.
Time will lever the soul from flesh,
sunder what He'd enmesh.
Remembered tales, elder brother's
unshriven, stark despair,
lush garden home once first mother's,
enjoyed in mindless care.
Then angels guarding entrance gates,
the family without,
must learn to till and fill their plates
alone, souls tensed in doubt.
Remembered too, how good it felt,
filled the family larder,
resolved whatever fate had dealt
to work a little harder.
Husband Seth's single plan, no strife,
grand hopes, one wife for life.
Women of the Word
Poems From the Goober Tree http://nathoo.wustl.edu/baron/women/women_main.htm