J.B. Drori

Commanded by God, Adam and Eve, marked for eternity,
shuffled out of the east gate.
They stopped at a hillock nearby
And looked back at their garden.

Two archangels descended to guard the gate,
brandishing flaming swords.
“Woe to us for what we’ve done,” Eve said.
“And we lost the favor of our father,” Adam muttered.

Black bile of melancholia,
Oozing out of the tips of the swords,
curled into a black vapor
and rose above trees, hills and mountains.

It floated higher than the clouds,
to where the blue meets the black,
settling in between them at the edge of space
to be on call to mankind for its needs.

Watered by tears of motherless children,
fed by inaudible groans of toothless, wrinkled old men
withering in barren rooms, and nurtured by desiccated old
women sucking on betel leaves,

melancholia fattened, expanding to form a ring
around the globe. It exuded invisible filaments
for delivery of sadness and despair to the inhabitants below
for deepening of their pain and suffering.

Suddenly a thunderclap heralded a heavenly voice.
“Behold! Behold the first murder!”
A giant image spread across the firmament.
“Oh! My God,” Eve cried out, “they are our sons, Cain and Abel.”

A panorama of giant visuals, one after another,
paraded across the sky:
men stabbing, beheading, stoning, beating other men,
no different from themselves.

Children and women were clubbed by men, stampeded by horses,
houses and places of worship were set ablaze.
All mayhems were followed by drunken celebrations, grotesque
debauchery and obscene scenes of grateful sacrifices to God.

Drenched in tears, Adam holding Eve to his bosom, cried out,
“These all are our children.”
Looking up at the sky, Eve screamed, “Enough! Enough!”
“I cannot look anymore.”

Collapsing at Adam’s feet, Eve dissolved in sobs and tears.
He stood up and raised his voice.
“Father in heaven, how much longer will our children continue to
slaughter each other? When will this cease?”

Suddenly, the sky darkened, all sound disappeared.
A soft and gentle voice was heard from God’s throne.
“All this slaughter will end when mankind heeds
Cain’s message.”

“You are all each other’s keeper!”

© 2013 by Jack Bernard Drori

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