The Tree of Knowledge
“The Tree of Knowledge” sculpture in bronze at the Oro Valley Public Library. Oro Valley, Arizona.

The Tree of Knowledge

From the myriad of mythical Gods of fable

Those lost in time ‘n those still able

The fearfully hid ‘n humbly besought

In heaven, on earth, or inferno begot

‘tis only one worthy in all their lot—

Be the one lost of God the Eternal

The Dark Lord of Hell’s infernal nocturnal

By the Devil or Satan or Lucifer he known

‘twas a Rebel of courage to stand alone

To deny this God His secret of knowing

In the Garden of Eden where a tree stood growing

The Tree of Knowledge

The knowledge of good ‘n evil


And yet the “Serpent” wished only to impart

The difference between right ‘n wrong in their heart

Why do you suppose that was?

Doesn’t matter, it’s how the fable’s told; the only difference is the way it’s sold. And might you know the courage of a woman shone through to partake of the fruit to gain the knowledge, the knowledge of knowing right from wrong?

Here’s how I imagine the episode having gone down. Shortly after the Serpent convinced Eve to partake the fruit of Knowledge, he slithered off into the Flora to wax his scales and rewrite destiny. “Adam,” said Eve, with unparalleled excitement in her voice and an enthusiastic spring to her step to where she found Adam in a stupor, his mouth gaped wide his eyes likewise holding gaze to the much-coveted Tree of Life. “Take a bite of this luscious fruit my dear Adam, to know its liberating knowledge of right from wrong. To see our God and the evil he holds, and the blessing the ‘Dark’ One bestowed.”

“O no, my dear Eve, we mustn’t. For surely thou recall the greatest sin of them all, the knowledge of good and evil. Remember the big guy’s warning that we shall die. This is our fate, Eve, to be his slave, to toil his garden and know not the difference between right from wrong. Oh, Eve, this would certainly bring his wrath to reign upon us.

“But oh my, you poor woman, my woman, you’ve already done it haven’t thou! I can see thou countenance beaming of wisdom, and the sparkle of freedom in thou eyes be told of thou evil doing.

“No I shan’t partake, Eve, I want not this Devil’s knowledge!”

“Adam… dearest, take bite the goddamn apple lest I shove it down thou throat.”

And now you know how we came about our Adam’s apple.

Albeit, knowing right from wrong is no laughing matter. It’s wrong to kill. It’s wrong to cause suffering to any sentient creature. It is right to live by love and compassion, doing no harm. But, it seems so many throughout history and even now refuses a symbolic Tree of Knowledge, to deny them the knowing of right and wrong.

For myself, I choose to have this knowledge.


  1. Nicely put, an alternive telling that makes far more sense than the original.
    “Doesn’t matter, it’s how the fable’s told; the only difference is the way it’s sold” – wise words all round from yourself, you must eat a lot of apples Peter. *smiles*

    – sonmicloud


  2. Lovely interpretation, Peter. I think the traditional interpretation is the only one which refuses to learn the value of what can be shared through deep listening to nature and the life around us, and the value which exists within that.


  3. Adam’s first wife, Lilith, would have nothing to do with Adam and his bloodthirsty, punitive god.

    It’s all fables and myths, however, these fables and myths sure have caused a lot of damage on earth because people take them to be literal.


    1. Hi Genie,

      I didn’t know of Lilith. But now I see she figures in with the Anunnaki. I missed that one, Adam’s estranged, interesting and quite deserving of how my imagination figures Adam. Yes, religion, fables, myths the bane of our existence, the root, the sole culprit perhaps.


      1. Just as religion is fables, in my opinion, so too, is the ‘Anunnaki’ theory and, interestingly, the Jewish writer Sitchin, who made up that fable, paved the way for hollywood, magazines, books, etc., to be made about ‘aliens’ and their spaceships.


        1. The fact is, I can hold to nothing as the absolute. It is just as H.L. Mencken said, “We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.”

          Good to hear from you, Genie.


          1. I’ve been thinking how I said religion is fables, what I meant by that is, religion uses myths and metaphors which include ‘sacred geometry’, to point to divinity, which of course, can’t be defined because only the Infinite knows itself; the finite mind is limited by its finite nature.

            Here is an example that I wrote about the spooky, literal news the zionist regime is getting all manic over, so I decided when the news about this ‘sacred cow’ came out, that I would write about it in metaphysical terms, which is really how most of religion is written: in code.

            According to The Mishna מִשְׁנָה (Oral Torah/Talmud), there were 9 red heifer’s used to ‘purify’ and, the 10th red heifer is said to be a sign of the ushering in of the ‘Messiah’.

            This can be seen as either:
            1. historical fact
            2. fables:

            3. symbolism that represents truths about our spiritual nature, hidden within “sacred geometry”.

            Let’s look at the 3rd option: symbolism.

            In sacred geometry, the number 9 signifies the number of man (women included, of course) and also the number of ‘the beast’ [666].
            “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:18)

            How does the number 666 add up to the number 9? Simple: all numbers over 10, are added up and reduced to a number below 10 and including 10.
            666 = 6+6+6 =18, 18 = 1+8 = 9

            Number 1, is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and equality (all its points are equally distant from the center).
            Number 10, is a symbol of completion — a return to unity after having gone through experiences represented by single digits.

            Man/’the beast’ [9] is humanity at its basest level; irrational, compulsive, aggressive, etc.
            Represented in the Menorah by the 9 candlestick holders within its frame, however, when the candles are lit — it becomes the number 10 (the light is 10, representing a return, or awakening to God, who is light), which in turn goes back to its original state: 1 [10 = 1+0 = 1].

            As in the menorah [when it is lit], the ’10th red heifer’, represents awakening to the light of our true nature: the “Christos/Messiah” [anointed] — our true nature is Light.

            We are a part of the Divine, who dwells in us and is awakened in us when we are ‘purified’ [red heifers].

            The ’10th red heifer’ is the restoring of ‘the Temple’ — symbolized by “Solomon’s Temple”, which is a representation of the body: the body is the temple wherein God resides.

            10 is the ushering in of the ‘Messiah’ within the temple of the body, when the effulgent light of God is seen within all.


  4. LOL. I just love the ‘Adam’s apple’ bit 😀

    Sadly, hu(wo)mans still have not digested that symbolic apple of knowing right from wrong.

    All many think about is that moment on the lips, no matter the suffering involved. May those people suffer with that indigestion!


  5. OH my! This is great. I actually snorted when i read “Adam… dearest, take bite the goddamn apple lest I shove it down thou throat.” 🙂

    I wrote a paper in college for an assignment to “rewrite a well known story”… My paper was called “The Greatest Story Ever Told, in more or less plain English”

    So this is right up my alley.

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