The Trouble with Apples

Eve eats an apple (malum in Latin),
fruit that’s forbidden, knows good and evil
(bonum and malum), and things fall apart.
Apple and evil—malum and malum.
The whole damned story—temptation and fall,
the loss of the garden and time without end,
the introduction of death and taxes,
fear of snakes, labour in childbirth,
sibling rivalry, brother hate,
fratricide—the fault of the apple.
All for the want of a simple taste
and the intimation of something great.

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Sheryl Loeffler is a Canadian writer and musician. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines in Canada, the USA, the UK, Austria, and Japan. In 2005, she moved to the Mediterranean island of Malta, returning to Canada in 2006; In May 2014, A Land in the Storytelling Sea, her book of poems, prose poems, and photographs born in and about Malta, was published by FARAXA Publishing, Rabat, Malta. She was elected to membership in the League of Canadian Poets in 2015.She was resident at the colony for two months in 2017. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019.

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