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Rated: 13+ · Poetry · Religious · #1900679
A fortunate fall
Sometimes things shout
so soundlessly,
you must listen—
like when fragrant fruit
ripe with promise
hangs within reach,
woos you in capital letters,
JUST ONE BITE.

Then reason hisses:
Wisdom lies
in the hair breadth between
shalt and shalt not.
You could almost fall
into it.


Only hindsight's naked eye
sees what was at stake,
the seam split wide
between life and death.

You'll want to hide,
to crawl between one beat and the next
of your own thudding heart—
but don't.

Instead,
pare out experience.
Carve this lesson in the prints
of your hands and feet:

Eat first to learn hunger.
Hunger will soon teach you
to yearn for bread.









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