\u201cAdam! Adam!\u201d so softly came her plea.
After wailing in excruciatingly
Severe anguish for bitter hours,
Her voice and body had lost their powers.
The spark of her royal orbs1
Coloured like many splendid forbs2
Was flickering after hundreds of years
Of childbirths, heartache, and acrid3 tears,
But ere4 the glimmer of her soul
Would relinquish her from flesh's control
They desired but once more to see
The world renewed by infancy
With its pure love and innocence;
She was such once, but cast from thence.
"What is it, love?" As he shuffled over
Still withholding the prize from his lover.
\u201cShe's beautiful. What shall we call her, dear?\u201d
He asked blithely5, and then he saw her tear.
That salty omen tracking down her wrinkled face
Scared him so his old feet stayed in place,
As this was not a tear of joy
But of something death would destroy,
For long he'd studied burning wood,
Feeding it to fire to cook their food
To tell all it's seen but cannot do
And cries a tear and then turns blue.
Her voice roused6 him from his shock;
He did not doff7 his bloodstained smock
Or clean the young babe from its goo.
\u201cI should like to name her after you,\u201d
Adam offered handing her the child
Whose young heart beat strong and wild.
Sun\u00adbaked arms that had worked the fields,
Struggling for those meager8 yields9
Enveloped suave10 flesh with delight;
Eyes ravished her dying sight.
She hoped her daughter would stay true,
Not following her brothers, too.
Though most of her kids were lost in sin,
This new prospect made feeble11 lips grin.
She hoped one day they all would repent;
Mothers only love; they don't resent.
The burbles from the blurry\u00adeyed tot
Forced all her cares to be forgot12.
This last moment of jubilee13 there
Made the bitterness easier to bear.
Long white hair the halo of her head;
Tears were the last words that she said.
Adam knew he was all alone now;
He took the child and wondered how
He would survive, when for centuries
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