Even in forests primeval, did innocence dwell,
among the tawny creatures in leafy dales,
or was it an imaginary essence unseen
not only in the city but among the greens?
If it ever existed, we cannot say,
though we claim to have lost it along the anxious way;
we struggle to reclaim it, but never will–
same old story, Prometheus, rock, and hill.
We claim that Eden was a paradise,
yet Eve and Adam rolled dice and got snake eyes–
so evil came in shortly after first light;
before they entered the ring, they had lost the fight.
And light itself shadow creates, so thus
we are marked with darkness, unlucky us.
T. Allen Culpepper