the autobiography of all

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Autobiography of Eve
Ansel Elkins

Wearing nothing but snakeskin
boots, I blazed a footpath, the first
radical road out of that old kingdom
toward a new unknown.
When I came to those great flaming gates
of burning gold,
I stood alone in terror at the threshold
between Paradise and Earth.
There I heard a mysterious echo:
my own voice
singing to me from across the forbidden
side. I shook awake—
at once alive in a blaze of green fire.

Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.
I leapt to freedom.

This week, we delved into the mysteries of our origins – that which we’ve heard, what we know, what we don’t know, and what we can’t answer. This goes for the story of genesis as well as our own genesis. We discussed that stories of Lilith and Eve, the two fabled first wives of Adam, and the choices they made that are forever imprinted on the human story. This lead our group to both speak and write of their own experiences in mythic proportions. We asked: what is your forbidden fruit? Where has it led you?

Some of these questions are difficult to answer. Oftentimes what we regret is what leads us to greater self-knowledge. What Edens are we barred from after taking that first bite into something forbidden to us? What long wildernesses can we tie to a single choice? In the pieces below, you’ll see a series of responses to these questions. None are complete but all are explorations into these questions. These are not the words of children wandering Eden but of growth and insightful perception. They contain the multitudes that characterize the human experience.  Continue reading