Patricia Alford : Sin Suit

Fall '07 TOC


We'll give them skin. God said. No fur or scales,
no feathers. Too thin to keep them warm or dry,
and easy to cut, bruise, chafe, burn or tear,
one colour all over so they can't hide.

The intelligent designers did as they were told,
but one of them spoke up at a meeting
where someone should have been taking notes.
Someone should have been paying attention.

You realize that if they can feel pain,
they will also be able to know pleasure—
his precise words were intense pleasure.

But God knew nothing of pleasure, intense
or any other kind. He was all into Joy
so He didn't hear, and He let it slide



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