You are the bone of my bone and the flesh of my flesh. I shall call you woman.
Serpents hiss, horses neigh, cats meow, and Eve, you make sweet music. Your voice plays my veins and arteries like guitar strings, and my heart beats fast; we make the right kind of melody.

I have seen eyes big and small, bright, and dim. But your eyes are two sides of a trap. I am locked in it. I am caught in the promise of peace and power, of comfort and adventure, of tears and pain and laughter that all lurk somewhere behind those eyes. Keep me afloat, my dear. Do not lose me in this ocean of fantasies.

How are your arms around me even when you’re not near? How do you manage to see my deepest desires without even looking? One day, I slept and lost a rib. Every day since then, I sleep and I dream of you.

May Eden and everything in it bear witness to what happened on this day; the day we both locked our lips to the forbidden fruit and savored the sweet defilement that dripped from it, the day we conceived our first, the rebellious son. And may we be remembered, not as disobedient creatures, but as the first ever to love.

Tochukwu Precious Eze is from Enugu State, Nigeria. He was born and has lived in Onitsha, Anambra state over the years; starting and completing his primary and secondary education in Fegge, Onitsha. He studied Microbiology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a creative writer. He made the longlist for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) 2019. His poems and short stories have been published in monthly editions of Writers Space Africa magazine and other platforms.He is the founder of Direwords, and the lead author & editor of Direwords’ anthology titled ‘This Village Will Forever Sing Your Praise.’