The great sin in the garden
was not disobedience but doubt –
a lack of faith in the perfection
and benevolence of God.
Sparked by a mortal fear
swiftly it flared into pride
and from there broadened
into resentment, envy, greed . . .
until, in head-swimming fashion,
the hapless couple found themselves
outside the fastened gate,
having to wander the earth
under the burden of their own
willful, intrinsic, self-perpetuating sins.
O child of God! Still you forsake Eden
for the lure that bright red apple.