Not Lilith!
Not Lilith!

 (based on the myth that Lilith was Adam’s first wife)

Adam wasn’t so pleased with Lillith.
‘Look God,’ he said, ‘this woman is
disagreeable. She will not do as I say,
insists on being on top. I should be on top;
I’m the man. And now she’s run away.’
Now if I were God I’d be telling Adam
that they were created together
and that he’s a whiner. But God didn’t
and that proves God is a man.

Instead he sent out three angels
to try to persuade Lillith to come back
but she refused even when they offered
to destroy one hundred of her offspring
every day if she didn’t. Lillith, in return,
promised to do nasty things to children
and children hadn’t even been created yet.
In any case she wouldn’t come back so God
made Eve, out of Adam’s rib as it happened.

It’s not that he’d lost his touch with clay.
No, the rib business meant Adam was Eve’s
father, doesn’t it, or Eve his clone.
Either way it’s a recipe for servitude.
Eve was easily led. That was the idea
in the first place. No wonder the serpent
could talk her into it. No wonder
there were things she wanted to know.

And she kindly took Adam along
for the ride—he wasn’t exactly resisting.
But in the blame-game that followed
Adam said, ‘Eve made me do it.’
and Eve said, ‘The serpent made me do it.”
and the serpent said nothing.

Now he has to get around on the ground
and watch his head. He got the rough end
of the deal if you ask me— him and Lillith.
No wonder she’s got teeth. Mind you,
Eve got blamed for the fact that we know
the difference between good and evil.
Terrible, that.


The following is from Wikipedia’s entry on Lilith. It has her mating with some angel or other. My original source had the story above, but I can’t find it.

In Jewish folklore, from the 8th–10th century Alphabet of Ben Sira onwards, Lilith becomes Adam’s first wife, who was created at the same time (Rosh Hashanah) and from the same earth as Adam. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs. The legend was greatly developed during the Middle Ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar, and Jewish mysticism.[3] In the 13th century writings of Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob ha-Cohen, for example, Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him …

I read another account that she was originally a protector of children but somewhere along the line began to eat them. I have a nice gristly poem about that too!

13 thoughts on “Grudges

  1. Such an overused word, but this IS very INTERESTING! Had never heard the Jewish Folklore story of Lilith. Love the way you sneak in your wry sense of humor! Marvelous!

  2. There’s an interesting aspect on the creation myth in The Woman’s Bible, as mentioned in my previous comment: Genesis 26&27: ”So God created man in
    his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female
    image, created he them.” I understand from this that both genders were created simultaneously in God’s image. I can’t accept, after God made the heavens and the earth and the light and then suddenly realised Adam needs a mate and through some silly petty operation creates Eve. It’s nonsense. The Lilith aspect may very well be this first original Woman created equally with the Male, both equal in God’s image. Some serious distortion happened over the ages. The bible was written by mere man after all.

    Lao Tzu, approximately 500bc wrote of Woman as the Way.

    1. Yes, there’s some serious contradictions there. I hate the whole idea of original sin at all. Let alone that women should be paying for it. Even now! Have you read much Joseph Campbell? I love his take on the Eden and on myths in general actually.

      1. I just returned a book by him to the library called The Masks of God. All about shamanism. Its a small library so I don’t think there’d be another by him. I’ll look out for his other work. In the bible where, after the expulsion of Eve and Adam, there’s a description of how the actual so called location is protected. Sounds like sheer magic.

        1. Campbell talks about it with regards the psych of people. that we each leave the innocent state (Eden) as we grow up and take on knowledge and ego. And that we spend the second half of our life trying to get back there, to a state of peace, and the guards that stand in the way are to do with our attitudes and psych. Can’t remember the details. Will try and find which book. I think it was ‘Myths to Live By’, but am not sure.

        2. I have a book here by Marijah Gimbutas called The Language of the Goddess but I find her work disappointing. There are places where I can’t help but think it’s sheer drivel. I like the images though and through sharing this book with someone they indeed directed me to Campbell. As much as a feminist I am, I’m not blind to some female’s shortcomings. I don’t take a woman’s view for granted sheerly because it’s from a female point of view, even an educated female’s point of view. I haven’t studied archeology myself at all, but through artmaking one gets to read widely.

  3. This book is from the Project Gutenberg site. It can be downloaded in its entirety. A further quote by Cady: In the great work of creation the crowning glory was realized, when
    man and woman were evolved on the sixth day, the masculine and feminine
    forces in the image of God, that must have existed eternally, in all
    forms of matter and mind. All the persons in the Godhead are
    represented in the Elohim the divine plurality taking counsel in regard
    to this last and highest form of life. Who were the members of this
    high council, and were they a duality or a trinity? Verse 27 declares
    the image of God male and female. How then is it possible to make woman
    an afterthought?

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