She stood there, still half undressed,
shoulder strap down – can you believe it!
I must admit for a plumber there was a surprising
degree of Nordic beauty. Blue-eyed, stubbled,
hair just a little uncut, lots of leather wrist bands,
a tattoo that I couldn’t make out.
In some ways who could blame her – I had said
there shouldn’t be any limits. But we say these things,
I didn’t expect him to offer to hold her ladder
steady as she painted the front room;
what was he doing there anyway?
– surely the plumbing is in the kitchen.
So here I am, in the doorway in the house that we live,
burning in my own fire as she gives him a kiss goodbye.
And I pay his bill when it comes.
THE RECREATION MYTH
And they both awoke with an ache
so subtle it seemed to slip between
their atoms, the only sign
a hand held up in supplication, a parting
mud turning to flesh,
knotting and unknotting.
When is a snake a serpent?
When it has its cold cold eye on Eve
as she lies in the heavenly grass,
her thighs loosely closed.
The tang of freedom is hard to resist. Adam
slides to his knees in an alley.
Behind the bins, up against the bricks, Eve gives
her slippery answer.