· 2nd Place Poetry Winner, Adrienne Cardon ·

April 11, 2017

I mean, Eve probably should’ve seen it coming
the first time she took her toddler boys
to the grocery store
which in her day was just a wild walk through her garden

Where is Abel? You were supposed to be holding his hand
while I crept behind this shrub to go the bathroom


Am I my brother’s keeper?
Yes, sweetie, that is exactly what you are

Or when Cain scribbled
F you Abel
in the unforgiving trunk of a magmag tree
and started humming weird grasshopper music to himself
and laughing with the snakes

But she had rich things on her hands
plants and names and a to-do list
that stretched past the garden
river and then some

I should have seen it coming
she thinks, should have looked upward more
instead of into this cursed earth
ripping at the weeds that were threatening to strangle
my little fruit tree


  1. ElleK

    April 12, 2017

    Love this so much.

  2. Karen in New Mexico

    April 18, 2017

    This makes me laugh, wince, and want to cry all at once. Well done!

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