Pop! Out flew the Moon which startled the girl in pearly white for it was such an unexpected sight that she had no choice but to follow; the stars the Moon trailed in its wake dazzled her eyes and made them water. The girl audibly sighed: the way they glittered and twinkled was so very pretty. So pretty that she had quite forgot the door she had a moment ago set ajar behind her; the gap through which she had hoped to peep in on a wiser, older land.
Moon instead, now positioned overhead in the darkened skies, shone
benevolently on her and held her captive in a river of light. It
beseeched her to gaze longingly at its mottled surface which looked
like a tea-preserved hard-boiled egg with its grey age spots, but
nonetheless prized for its dulled luminosity, the light that radiated
from within and spoke of wisdom.
Moon having escaped Eden was exalted and wished to save the girl from
her own burning curiosity: no young girl should be exposed to that
which she thought she wanted to see. It would waken her from her
adolescence far too early and end in tears! Just as it had done for
other girls and boys before her. All that had peeked in before it was
their time, before they had reached the first rung of maturity. The
Moon had not always been present on those occasions or its place in
Eden's skies had been compromised, yet it had witnessed even adults
struggle after seeing the land of its forebears, for its beauty now
inspired lust, made them envious of its simplicity.
held in time, the apple not yet eaten. Innocence not yet completely
lost, but a tiny glimmer of humiliation found. The small green snake
already begun its entreats, pluck
the apple, eat the apple...from where it was strung among the Tree of
Knowledge's branches. The fruit ripe and tempting, a burst of rosy
colour against the spring-green leaves, almost willing Adam and Eve
who stood before the Tree to partake of its juicy knowledge. Eve
ready to instigate the deed, Adam needing a bit more convincing.
opening act that led to mankind's creation...The scenes that follow
it have happened...but HERE, they won't. The decision deferred. The
'what if they don't' captured for generations; whereas others merely
wish to view the pause before that pivotal moment. Does Eve bite into
the apple first? And how does she induce Adam to copy her? What were
truths, what were lies? How much of what we think we know was
improvised, then transcribed as irrefutable knowledge?
of the truths or the lies, the young and the impetuous always had to
unfasten the door, try its handle and were astonished when they found
it unlocked, little realising that in doing so they substantiate what
happens when you taste an apple laced with Knowledge. That which
they've been given is now not enough; a Paradise glimpsed is too
tempting - so desirous they must at once give everything up. Throw
caution to the wind, sometimes without thinking of what they will
lose, what they might miss, and the hardships they may have to
confront or endure, so convinced are they that the grass will be a
shade greener in this Eden. The contemplation of an unknown Eden
always leads to the Sin of Envy being born; some believe Eve was
guilty of this before she bit into the apple, that there was some
yearning for knowledge already deep within her. The small green snake
stirred it from its dormancy, provided the apple as the key and the
tree as the portal. Adam, then unversed in the guile of women, and
content to give in for a quiet life would have, as supposed,
eventually followed inquisitive Eve.
needed a nudge and so Eve plucked the apple, and set their eternal
banishment in motion. And committing that unpardonable sin increased
their courage for it could never be undone or atoned for.
rolled the dice just as the full moon has now done in this suspension
of time; they exiled themselves from Paradise, little realising that
their descendants would forever seek it.
Picture Credit: New Zealand, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, by Kay Nielson