Adam Then and Now

By Mairo-the-Poet:

When Adam was born, there was no breast milk. No crazy budget for his nappies. He had no wardrobe full of pants. No shoe rack full of Gucci! He just woke up a grown up man. He had a garden full of animals and plants which he had to watch over. His Daddy had fun making new creatures and bringing them to Adam just to see what he would name them. Adam ate out of the sweet green veld, the turnips, the juicy mango, the succulent apple, the tubers, the banana, the guava and the avocado pear. How naive, he never asked his Daddy for a laptop, an iPhone or a Lamborghini. If it was me, I would have asked for a mansion, a goldmine or an account full of cash and a company full of workers. All he asked for was a beautiful, genial, double-breasted, full-lipped, bright-eyed, kind-hearted, cute and curvy companion, someone he could call “bone of my bones!” – and since that day life has never been the same again. If Adam had an IG account, it would read something like:

“hi, I’m Adam
Chilling out in Eden with my bae Eve!
Check out these new animals that my Daddy created just now!
Can you guess what I have named them?
C’mon, have you ever tasted a real blueberry, blackberry, mulberry and strawberry-
Not these messed up GMOs of yours!?
Please, like my page! ”


Born and bred in Zimbabwe. Currently living and working in South Africa. A primary school teacher by profession but a Performance Poet by design. My father was a wood-carver, so I fancy myself a word-carver. To me poetry is life, therefore the purpose of art is to comment on the human condition.

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