Covenance

God said to Adam:
“You may partake in all
I have made, so long as
you remain obedient”,

so goodness first required
willful ignorance.
But for all that women
are well practiced mutes,

we have never been
afraid of information;
it is the only weapon
that requires no strength

physically, leaves no trace
beyond tongues, and remains
useful without any polish.
Eve knew this without

Knowing, just as she could
not know that she should
feel shame for coveting
that which is forbidden.

Thus the greatest paradox
of her sex was born before
Eve had cause to act:

a woman is to be shamed
for wanting
before she has the opportunity
to decide what it is she wants.

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