Garden of Eden

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Wearing nothing but snakeskin
boots, I blazed a footpath, the first
radical road out of that old kingdom
toward a new unknown.
When I came to those great flaming gates
of burning gold,
I stood alone in terror at the threshold
between Paradise and Earth.
There I heard a mysterious echo:
my own voice
singing to me from across the forbidden
side. I shook awake—
at once alive in a blaze of green fire.

Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.

I leapt
to freedom.


Ansel  Elkins - Autobiography of Eve

Photographer: Marta Bevacqua



“There were no religious images in the churches or synagogues of our childhood that celebrated the birthing powers of women. According to religion’s myths, the world was brought into being by a male God, and woman was created from man. This reversal of biological process went unchallenged. Most of us didn’t even notice the absence of the mother. Although we may not have been consciously aware of her absence in bible stories and sermons, her absence was absorbed into our being. And its painful influence was intensified as we observed the design of our parents’ relationship and the treatment of our mothers by our fathers and brothers. Our families mirrored the hierarchical reality of the heavens. In a society that worships a male God, the father’s life is more valuable than the mother’s. The activities of a man’s life are more vital and necessary than the mother’s intimate connections with the origins of life. The father is God.”
― Patricia Lynn Reilly

“and you will be like God”
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, and collage on Arches paper. © Liz Darling 2014.

Garden of Eden

Is that a snake that slithers with such

Certainty and drive?

To be honest, it’s not just any snake.


Everybody gets dragged into the spineless

Spiral of seclusion and neglect

Of their bodies and their identities.

Well, you may as well be a snake,

You hiss with venom and move with a

Harmful glare.


When will you shed your skin?

When will you stop spreading your poison

Trying to impress observers who

Provoke without prevail

And prevent your success?