If this was Adam’s last kiss,
how fitting it should be
beneath this fringe of trees,
a primitive paradise
of light and lake and deep woods;

his mouth tasting
as tangy and sweet
as the first apple
of autumn
he had just eaten,

not a trace
of bitterness in it.



About the Poet:  Christine Vovakes lives in northern California.  San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, California Quarterly, JAMA, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and forthcoming in the anthology Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, are among the publications where her poems have appeared.  Her articles and photos have been published in The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle.


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