The Ancient Modern

Eve  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill

Adam looked around
that first unfallen morning
at stars and trees,
at waterfalls and birds

and felt himself
lost.       Eden seemed
a groundless place:

Beauty without repose,
Longing without an object,
Light with no reflection.

            Adam searched
for his counterpart
among the animals. They
were the same Earth as himself.

The same Earth, but empty.
Unfilled with Heaven’s
anticipation. And Adam grieved.

So God reached deeply down
into Adam, and drew out
a hidden Glory:
She was the promise of Incarnation.

           Eve, the Eden found within.
           Eve, light’s mirror.
           Eve, the only ground
in which souls can grow.

And Adam said, In her
desire is quenched and kindled:
ever-familiar, ever-unknown.

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2020 by Joshua Alan Sturgill

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