Poetry Sunday: “Me Too—The Fall of Man,”
by Cynthia Neely


Me Too—The Fall of Man

………………………….after the painting of Adam and Eve by Peter Paul Rubens


Forgive me the need
to touch your breast,

though I did not ask
and you did not offer.

Then, its ripeness
leaned in so close.

Begging for it.

You were reaching
for something. What?

Something more?
Some knowledge

new and shining,
daring and delicious?

Or some idea beyond
what you already knew

your life would be
here with me.

Why should I not, then,
taste as well?

Would you get on your knees
to only pray?

That he punished me
too is so unfair.

I told you it was a secret.
I told you not to tell.


Poet, painter and essayist Cynthia Neely, is the 2016 winner of the Bright Hill Press chapbook contest for Passing Through Blue Earth and the 2011 winner of the Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment chapbook contest for Broken Water. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Writers’ Chronicle, Cutthroat Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, and Terrain.org, as well as in several anthologies. Her full-length book, Flight Path, was published as a finalist in the Aldrich Press book contest. Her long poem, Hopewell Bay, was chosen by Seven Kitchens Press for publication as a chapbook for their 2017 Summer Kitchen Series. She is the recipient of the 2016 Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award from Floating Bridge Press, and runner-up for the 2018 Barry Lopez prize for creative nonfiction from Cutthroat Journal. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Pacific University.



Poet’s Note

In a recent workshop that offered myth-based poems as examples, we were each tasked to write a persona poem. Because I often find inspiration in ekphrasis, I ended up searching for paintings based on mythology. I found the Rubens painting of Adam and Eve and this poem, “Me Too,” emerged.

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