ADAM AND EVE / by Joseph Castorino

Inspired by Tiziano Vecellio’s masterpiece

As the horned serpent

seductively smiles at

the foolish humans,

Eve dreams about

becoming a goddess,

and Adam hungers for

greatness and glory;

their teeth tear the flesh

of the juicy fruit -- and, oh!

the intense sweetness

and overwhelming delight!

but very suddenly they

shudder and convulse

in deadly disobedience,

and their souls are poisoned

by the black sugar of sin.