Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language. 

Eavesdropping on Adam and Eve

by Andrea Cohen

It didn’t get interesting
until after they’d left.
An extended vacation,
Adam called it. R&
D, Eve said. Whatever.
In Eden, they never
said so much as
pass the salt on
account of everything
tasting so great there.
They were strangers
until they left, when
Adam confessed, I
felt penned in there,
and Eve, forgetting how
naked they’d been,
said, I was always
waiting for the other
shoe to drop. Now
they’re both cobblers, now
they have so much
to talk about: whether
to spring for heat
or vaccines, whether
to call their interiors
climate or weather,
when the next ice age
might hit. Adam pours
himself another
hieroglyph and asks:
what does it all mean?
and Eve does what
she always does:
wraps herself, boa-
like, around him and holds
the camera an arm’s
length above for a
this is us moment
for the snake they
miss so much.

Copyright © 2020 by Andrea Cohen. Used with the permission of the author. Originally published in Copper Nickel.

Andrea Cohen‘s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her most recent poetry collections are Everything, Nightshade, and Unfathoming. Cohen directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA. For more: andreacohen.org

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library.