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Blessing the Boats - From quilting (1991), "the story thus far" Summary & Analysis

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Summary

This poem continues the conceit that Lucifer was attracted to Eve and thus fell, and Adam was attracted too, although at this point he is simply clay. The two males follow Eve out of heaven, following her "bright back" out of heaven, past the angels, into the new world of the garden of Eden. Eve's presence banishes chaos and makes the world light, glorious, even makes Eden what it is.

Analysis

This is a beautiful conceit, that Lucifer himself does not fall from Heaven but is tempted away by Eve. Because the Bible story indicates that Eve is tempted by Lucifer, it is a splendid turnabout, that Eve has lured Lucifer out of his honorable place in Heaven. Both Lucifer and Adam follow Eve out of Heaven, to the garden, which heretofore has been simply "chaos...

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