The apples are still delicious this fall.
Signify the Apple
By Annmarie Lockhart
There are as many theories about the apple
as there are stars in the sky.
Is it fair to say it meant something different
to Eve than it did to Adam?
Did either of them know that then;
do either of them know it yet?
The serpent offered Eve
dominion over the heart of man
and Eve offered Adam
dominion over creation.
But dominion and subjection are flip sides
of the very same coin, split halves
of the very same apple.
Where Eve seeks dominion
over the heart of Adam,
she is rendered instead subordinate:
petty, grasping, and secondary.
Where Adam seeks dominion
over God’s creation,
he is rendered instead inept:
clumsy, aimless, and impotent.
But the apple itself, once bitten
still holds sway, still tempts, still promises,
for it is still beautiful, still sweet, still tart,
and dominion still augurs the fall.