Innocence Lost

Alfred Gockel

Alfred Gockel

Adam & Eve
strolled the Garden
with an undiscerning eye
Beauty so pervasive as to be ordinary
Perfection makes for poor inspiration
Not even the magnificence
of their nakedness
surprised them

Where’s desire
when nothing’s hidden?
Or appetite without a fast?
Water is wine only to the thirsty man
And intimacy sacred only to the lonely
The candle in the window
burns but for the one
seeking for home

Many seek Eden
since the world is hard
with its bloody sweat & tears
its childbirth pain & disappointments
But it is a blessing angels stand guard
at the fiery gate to protect us
from godly sanctuaries
bereft of regret

“Until we are sick, we understand not.”
                                        ~ John Keats


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Innocence Lost

  1. SalvaVenia says:

    Beautifully and knowingly expressed. Very well done!


  2. “Where’s desire
    when nothing’s hidden?” Wow….powerful words of view. Bravo!!!!!!!


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