is my blood guilt, my token from the fall—
this and the damned weeds that curse the land
with stains from our black revolt—our cabal
with the snake against heaven’s highest king.
Now everything is taken by the thorn
and my wife, as cursed as I, feels her sting
as she labors to bring forth our firstborn—
the first life to rise from among the dead.
With life can our rebellion be undone?
Can he, my son, forestall what lies ahead?
I hear Him weeping, “Adam, my son, my son,
through sweat and strain you will buy your bread
and Eve’s seed will crush the venomed head.”
Hymn based on this poem.
From Genesis 3 (ESV)
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
Other Bible stories from Moss Kingdom:
Old Testament: Some He Bruises, Some He Bleeds: A Sestina on the Covenants, Noah Wakes from a Recurring Nightmare, Abram the Pagan, For the Sake of the Few, The Deception of Jacob, The Unspeakable Name, A Sound of War in the Camp, A Lament for Michal, The Rape of Tamar and the Half-life of Joy, Numbered Numbered Weighed Divided: a Rubaiyat concerning Belshazzar’s doom, Jonah, The Years the Locusts have Consumed