Adam's rebirth

Written by: Sherwin Balbuena

I opened my eyes and saw

an unfamiliar place. The noon

sun was bright but less hot,

peeping through the gaps between

 

leaves of trees bearing  fruits

abundantly. The waves and sands

laughed at my nakedness as they

soaked my body with cool relief

 

 from the pain of forgetting the past.

I filled my lungs with the freshest air

and did my first act of moving and

 

walking. Hermet crabs hid inside their

borrowed monovalves. Didn’t they want

to see me? Or were they ashamed?

Or was that how

 

they showed respect?

I heard the cheerful birds singing

on the trees. I did not know

if they were rejoicing for my

 

coming or just for themselves.

Continuing my pace towards uncertainty,

a river crossed my path. There I

quenched my thirst with clear

 

and sweet water. I found my self

sitting on a mossy rock beside the river,

surprised by the reflection on the water:

 

a woman sitting beside me.

 

I learned the words with her.

I learned to count the suns

and moons that passed by

and children that I made

 

with her. We found the things

which were safe and good for us

and for our children

and for our children’s children.

 

Not knowing that it was

another beginning

and the best.

To God I must be thankful.