Tonight in the soft dusk
Rain leaves the sky to join earth.
It slides across birch leaves
Drops from the eaves.
Listen for the message in the rain
Falling from sky to earth like god.
Lucifer himself fell–or rather, he jumped
Like lightning. Nine days it took
For Lucifer, so says Milton, to light
into hell as Satan. Then
Eve and Adam danced with the garden snake
all in the garden with God.
Since then, all has changed in the garden of Earth.
Rain still falls on the just and the unjust.
Men distrust women
Women fear snakes, and
Snakes crawl on the ground
In the sand, the swamp, the wind, and the rain.