With November nearly over, it’s time for my final tribute to the poetry of Denise Levertov. This one is inspired by her simple but stark masterpiece, “Adam’s Complaint“, one of Levertov’s many creative entries into the inner workings of Biblical narratives. My poem looks at the same story from a slightly different angle.
Guilt (After “Adam’s Complaint”) The vilest ruse lay in the lie that knowledge always leads to wisdom: as though all it took was to eat and know and then be somehow as gods. Instead, we found our naked selves hiding in broad daylight, no clothing but wisdom which, always vowing, always taking, ate us as we ate, learning through the futile past that fruit, though pleasing to the eye, is not always food.
3 thoughts on “Guilt (After Denise Levertov’s “Adam’s Complaint”)”
Truly amazing. A joy to read.
Brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the opening lines –
The vilest ruse
lay in the lie that knowledge
always leads to wisdom: