Walking in the bush, late in the afternoon: Spring winding trails
Among Plantae et Animalia.
An independent world —Sort of realm of alien species
Welcomes your senses with a storm of small flies (genus Drosophila)
Which playfully floods the air, all of a sudden, humming
Around and annoying each other like microscopic crazy drones.
In a clearing, from upon a large fig tree recalling to mind Buddha’s
Sacred one, or better the ones from the Bible —Ficus carica
A nimble Blackbird —Turdus merula, Passeriformes
Greets you with a cheerful and melodious warble —Song from
The land of the Living
To make you dream of a quite different life.
Then, the stench of putrefaction attracts your eyes on the huge number
Of teeming Diptera maggots —Musca (genus)
Feeding on the rotting flesh of what was once a pigeon (Columba livia)
At dusk, unable to participate fully in such a world, distressed and
Without a fig leaf behind which to shelter, You command Yourself
To be expelled
From your own, trifling Garden of Eden. Thus
You get away, unnoticed —You too, like everything else, recalled
“Kings Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach” : it recalls the order of taxonomy in biology [: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species].
Buddha achieved enlightenment under a large and old sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa).
“.. each man under his own vine and fig tree..” (Bible, Kings 4:25)
“The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden”, fresco by Masaccio dated 1424-1425, Brancacci Chapel, church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence — Cosimo III de’ Medici (1642–1723), three centuries after the fresco was painted, ordered that fig leaves be added to conceal the genitals of the figures [they were removed in the 1980s when the painting was fully restored].