by Lewis Turco

The serpent was a liar. Eve swallowed it,
Core and all, every jot and tittle.
Basically we’ve learned a tiny bit,

But not a lot, about Creation. Little
Did we understand the more we knew,
The more we found we’d just begun to whittle

Away at what there is. We found a few
New laws, and then discovered there are others
Lying low beneath them. What seemed true

Turned out to be but half-truths and Cain’s mother’s
Knowledge did not obviate school, college,
Or hard knocks for his sisters or his brothers

Down the line. It behooves us to acknowledge
We’ll never know immensity, just smallage.