Just Slightly West of Eden

Planting a tree for a newborn child.
Both lives require great patience and trust.
There is the concern for its survival,
no matter how much care and attention
we give. No guarantees in this garden.

plant a tree

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My poem’s title alludes to both John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden and his inspiration in the Bible’s book of Genesis (Chapter 4, verse 16) with the story of Cain and Abel:  “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the Land of Nod, on the east of Eden”