The first man and the first woman
stood newly made
in a beautiful garden
with trees of fruit and fire.
Yet their open hands reached
first for one another.
Love, a mountain springing up between them
two tectonic plates shifting together
thrust so tightly upward
it felt like they were one bird flying,
and the woman found herself
trembling and weak.
Sensing the weight of angel eyes gazing down,
yet hearing the serpent’s laughing hiss through the leaves.
Feeling the knotted pull forward
At the end, when they found themselves
expelled from paradise,
she fell in the dirt and cried
remembering how it had tasted.
And he knelt behind her, his hand on her hand
where it held the curve of her belly
one over one, over one.
LeAnn Bjerken is a poet, and journalist from rural Minnesota, who currently resides in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2014 with a master’s degree in creative writing, and now works as a reporter for the Spokane Journal of Business. Her poetry has appeared in Miracle Magazine, The Inlander, and several online magazines including; Devilfish Review, The Artistic Muse, The Lake, and Fox Adoption Magazine. When not out seeking inspiration, she can usually be found snuggling with her husband Steve or their cat Tikki. LeAnn’s news articles can be read online at http://www.spokanejournal.com/