In the beginning

EarthQuaker Issue 97

Forget Eden - the real Eve was a sticky mound
with a carbon fixation. No sweetwater
no apples no fig leaves. Eve wore slime
armour against deadly radiance.
Picture the garden
treeless and fungoid, extending
for thousands
of dimpled miles, exuding -
one bubble at a time -
the toxin it had no use for
but which gave
breath to us
aka the angel
with the flamethrower.
They're still here. Not sure
our track record will match up.

Stevie Krayer

Published in Scintilla Magazine #26, 2023