Tom Vaughan: Presents

I gave you earth
I gave you light
I gave you sea
I gave you sight.

You seemed happy enough, at first.

I gave you power
I gave you walls
and words to name
the animals.

You enjoyed that. It took days.
I gave you days.

I gave you fruits.
I said this one, don’t touch.
It didn’t seem to bother you

When you complained
that you were bored
into your side
one night I sawed

and from a rib
I fashioned Eve.
You rubbed your eyes
in disbelief.

You said, is she really for me?
I said, as you are, for her.

I gave the two of you some time on your own.

I taught you games
and anagrams.
Presents are serpents, you laughed.