How did Cain meet his wife? Where was the Land of Nod? Did Cain ever find grace? “Out of Eden” is a shaggy god story that answers these questions while leading one to question what might have been.
This was a piece to a longer poem (“Strolling Across Campus on a Monday Afternoon”), which is known as a “walking poem.” My poetry professor had our class go outside and just record our observations in our journal. We had to choose a line from Anne Waldman’s “Fast Speaking Woman” at random (the equivalent of flipping through a telephone book and blindly putting our finger on a name), and implement it (though I did not include it today).
Since it is Earth Day, I thought this would be perfect, because in Mormon mythology/doctrine (depending on your perspective), they believe in a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother, which makes sense, as in Genesis 1:26, it reads: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
The sun is like Mother Nature kissing me,
the brushing of her hair as she does so,
I think of the blue God,
the green Goddess,
our ecological parents—
for are not humans merely water and earth,
fused with a touch of the Divine?