Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve)

by Richard on January 26, 2011

Wood reflects poetically, adding “I wrote this quite a long time ago, and for various reasons, I did not post it here then. I don’t care anymore though. I know this isn’t my best. But I like it a lot.”

It may not be his best (I’m in no position to judge, and his best is very, very good) but I like it a lot too.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

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Beth 01.26.11 at 1:42 pm

I like it a lot, three. And I’m an incredible snob about poetry. But this one gave me the shivers.

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Kim 01.26.11 at 3:34 pm

Make it four. Fine. Very fine.

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Robert Hagedorn 01.26.11 at 10:13 pm

God did make Adam and Eve, but Adam and Steve could have done the same thing Adam and Eve did. Do a search: The First Scandal Adam and Eve. Please.

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Richard 01.26.11 at 11:13 pm

I did the search. It was one of the most ludicrous things I’ve ever read on the internet.

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Wood 01.27.11 at 9:56 am

I… wow. That was… unique.

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Earl 01.27.11 at 8:28 pm

Paul had it right… “They exchanged the truth of God for the lie…”

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doug 01.27.11 at 9:14 pm

Amen Earl. In my discussions with people who have “another view” on certain issues, Romans 1 is a difficult passage for them.

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doug 01.27.11 at 9:15 pm

on top of that this whole “godde” thing (I undercased it for a reason) is also in that category as well.

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Kim 01.27.11 at 9:34 pm

So God is a big male homohater (who kills Ites). I think I’ll sit this one out.

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doug 01.27.11 at 9:39 pm

Kim, God doesn’t hate anyone only the “sin that so easily besets us” abd “whom He loves He chastens”. So the questions is this: “What is our response to the chastening?”

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Richard 01.27.11 at 11:12 pm

Doug — are you implying that Romans 1 is the “killer text” that dismisses any opinion other than your own? I have to tell you that you’re very wrong about that. But it’s close to my bed-time so I’ll have to leave it there.

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Earl 01.28.11 at 12:22 am

Hate? Beyond a bit of characteristic hyperbolic blurting, hatred had not been mentioned.

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Wood 01.28.11 at 4:18 pm

Interesting thing is, that something I intended as a gentle, whimsical, thoughtful piece gets such widely varied reactions. A lot of people I know love it, but seem to think it’s some sort of militant-gay anti-religion policy statement (and that’s why they love it). On the other hand, I showed it to one person I love very much and she got really angry and could only say, with some venom, “I hate you when you’re like this.” Which is weird, since although it was written as a direct response to someone spouting out that classic homophobic idiocy referenced in the first line, I had considered the poem to be pretty eirenic. If a little tongue in cheek.

Naive of me, I know.

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Kim 01.28.11 at 6:13 pm

I liked it for its tenderness. And its whimsical ending. And, formally, the genius of the enjambement. It really is excellent, worthy of a place in an anthology.

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doug 01.28.11 at 10:27 pm

Richard, I wouldn’t call it THE “killer text” but it is one of many like Leviticus, 1 Cor 6 and Romans 1. So no it isn’t THE killer text but one of many.

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doug 01.28.11 at 10:29 pm

Wood, Earl has it right, no hatred has been portrayed here at all. While I might have disliked it, I would not say that I “hated it” or “hated you when your like this” like your lady friend stated in reference to it.

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Richard 01.28.11 at 11:03 pm

Here’s the thing though, Doug. Those of us who disagree with you know those texts. Don’t keep presenting them as though we’ve never heard them before.

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Tony Buglass 01.28.11 at 11:52 pm

“…no hatred has been portrayed here at all.”

Well, what is intended to be heard isn’t always what is heard. I’m not gay, but if I was a gay Christian, I think I’d be upset by someone spouting scripture at me and telling me I’m going to hell unless I get ‘cured’ or ‘changed’ in a way which denies my very nature. You might tell me you love me, but it sounds pretty hateful to me. Like the sort of stuff that is being said in Uganda…

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Earl 01.29.11 at 3:31 am

“Well, what is intended…” etc. If one would hear, one must make an effort. This applies to everyone. Disregarding any supposition of heavy handedness, in this issue, the Bible is clear in both the Old and New Testament. This is the truth as found in Scripture. To say otherwise is not Christian love but what Scripture labels a lie. By nature we are all sinners, fallen creatures in a fallen world. What we need is not to feel accepted in spite of what we are but forgiven for what we are… changed by the grace of God as we are made new creatures in Christ Jesus.

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Richard 01.29.11 at 7:20 am

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Earl 02.01.11 at 2:36 am

“Have a look…” Took a look. Typical explanations. Not persuasive.

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