THOMAS HEFFERNAN

ADAM'S EVE

This poem "Adam's Eve" is a (my) version of ghazal, adapted to English language habits.  It was first published in the annual Cairn 49: St Andrews Review (2014).
It was then included in a chapbook collection:  Thomas Heffernan.
Five Poems, Fourteen Haiku & One Essay. Laurinburg, NC: St Andrews University Press, 2016.
The editors permit re-publication on The Ghazal Page.

Consider the tale of Adam and Eve,
How innocence ended with Adam's eve,

And not only his eve but Eve's eve, too,
The pair of them wearing coverings that leave

A peculiar feeling when a person
Is used to freedom from pant leg and sleeve....

You may suppose that, awakened from Eden
And timeless bliss, they forgot to perceive

What, earlier on, happy and childlike,
They knew: -- but things connect: were they to believe

In that new world, new place; were they able
To wonder, to feel changes that swell, heave,

Hurtle into Time, down highways, byways,
Dead ends and thoroughfares, days and years weave?

Maybe they knew, how not to see, shadows,
When shadows may spoil joys that would relieve?

O writer, might such questions enlighten?
Twining breaths rise and fall eve after Eve.

 

Thomas Heffernan has published eight books and chapbooks of poems, most recently Working Voices (St Andrews University Press, 2016).  His work has appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, The Midwest Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Cairn, St Andrews Review, International Herald Tribune/Asahi, International Poetry Review, Poetry Nippon, Mainichi, Ais-Eiri, Entasis, Greensboro Review, Guilford Review, Poetry Center Southeast Portfolio '83, The Primer, ReadOut, Stone Country, Sandlapper, Tar River Poets, Crucible, Laurel Review, loblolly, Frog Pond, Plover/Chidori, Modern Haiku, The Red Pagoda, Wind Chimes, Vineyard Gazette, Yankee; in anthologies including Wherever Home Begins, Or volge l'anno/At the Year’s Turning (Poems Commemorating Leopardi) and others. He has received a Sam Ragan Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Literary Fellowship in Poetry and Fiction, the Roanoke-Chowan Prize (for the Liam Poems), the Kusamakura Grand Prize as well as Mainichi awards for haiku. He teaches currently at UNC Pembroke.