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Longer Narrative Poems

By Josie Whitehead
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By Josie Whitehead

Garden of Eden (The)

In the Garden of Eden a special tree grew.

     It bore fruit like no other tree could.

God said: 'Do not eat the fruit from this tree,'

     But the serpent said: 'I think you should.'


‘Doesn’t God know that fruit’s very good for us all?'

      All you children will know this is true.

So Eve looked at the apple, so temptingly good,

     And tell me then, what did she do?


Poor Eve was quite hungry.  She’d had nothing to eat,

     And her tummy was rumbling for sure.

She took one little bite: oh so tasty!  And then

     She continued to eat more and more.


Do you think that the serpent gave Eve bad advice,

      When they met in the garden that day?

She’d ignored what God told her - a bad thing to do -

      And the serpent had led her astray.


She then called to her husband: 'Oh try this good fruit!

       Come and taste it without a delay.'

But Adam, her husband, said: 'God has said: 'No' -

      So I’m sure we should not disobey.'


Oh how easy it is to be tempted to do

     Many things that we’re told we should not,

And so Adam bit into the sweet-tasting fruit

     Whilst God’s word he quite quickly forgot.


When God called their names, they hid from his sight.

     They were scared to admit what they’d done.

So God searched the garden and looked everywhere -

     But he just could not find anyone.


I’m afraid that you cannot stay hidden from God

     And they soon were found hidden away:

'You sinned when you took that fruit from my tree.

      You should not ignore things that I say!'


'Don't you now blame the serpent or anyone else!

     What you did you must know wasn’t right.

Every snake from now on will be hated by man

     And you’ll both have to work day and night!'


God ordered them both to go far from this place:

     'Oh and cover yourselves up as well!' -

So they each grabbed a fig leaf and quietly left

       With a sad and a sorry farewell.

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