Inspired by the terrific narrative poem "Cinderella" by Anne Sexton I also tried to write a poem about a known story from another point of view. Hope you'll enjoy it!
"I can't see beyond the horizon.
That means the land ends somewhere."
Said Cain to himself while brushing his long thick hair
with a remnant of a comb-like bone,
thinking: "This land I own."
He went down to the river
Where he saw his little brother
conquering the land with his sheep.
"How are you, brother?" Called Abel to Cain
"How's your vegetable business going so far?"
They never talked about anything else but business. Again.
"Cain, come over later today!
We'll eat and relax on the hay."
This friendly invitation opened his heart
"Sounds good - relaxation and food.
See you before the sun goes down
at your place." Cain said
and walked back to his vegetable beds
kneeling and digging in the heat.
He picked up some vegetable for his brother he'll later meet.
The sun became lower and lower
So Cain prepared a handful of carrots,
beet and tomatoes, so red
then went back to his shed
to bring his self-made grape-juice.
He walked barefoot to his little brother's hut.
The door was shut. But -
Cain heard whispers and laughter.
He put down the full basket
and knocked on the door.
Abel opened it with a pleased smile
and after a while
Cain saw her.
The one and only woman on earth
was there on the hay to stay
"Welcome brother and thanks for your generous gift" Abel greeted Cain.
So the three of them sat there having a family meal
Cain's warm heart became cold as steel.
"Got to go home – the sun disappeared"
Although they all knew the sun will come up again.
The next day it was time to pray
and thank g-d for the abundance of good he pours day after day.
Cain brought his best ripen vegetables to g-d.
his little brother's gift was accepted
and his was rejected.
Frustrated and furious he killed his little brother – Abel.
Now Cain was able
to be the owner of luck and fortune.
Yes, he could
he owned the whole world!