The Velvet Chamber
An Anthology of Revisioned Myth and Fairy Tale

Explore the dark side of the female psyche --A CALL FOR WRITERS supports The Velvet Chamber

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lilith: She's got a lot on her mind

I'd like to see a story about Eve falling in love with Lilith.  I think it should be a big, fat passionate romance.  I think Lilith should feed Eve pomegranate seeds by the light of a full moon.  Both of them have terrible reputations in the Old Testament, and I think they should find comfort in each other's arms.  I think it would be a good story. 

In the old version, Eve is either too stupid or too naive to understand that the snake is really the devil in disguise.  The snake (aka devil) tempts her.  He says, "Here take a bit out of this apple."  And so she does, after all its a beautiful apple, and she is a simple girl.  Little does she know that as she bites deep into the apple--- she is now responsible for the fall of man.

In Lilith's story,  the snake makes yet another appearance, but this time he isn't talking to her in the Garden of Eden, he's fucking her in hell.  Excellent.  In the new version, the love story, I think Lilith is the complicated one.  We're not afraid of Eve, but we are afraid of her.  She is seductress, child-killer, and shrieking owl.  She has a lot on her mind.   Some say Eve and Lilith are one and the same anyway, like the Roman god, Janus.  It could get interesting.

Also, in this version, the snake is a symbol of wisdom, neither a demon or a god.

Image: John Maler Collier.  "Lilith" oil on canvas, 1887.  The Atkinson Gallery, public domain.


  1. I love this idea! I've wanted to write something with Eve and/or Lilith for a long time.

  2. Oh, Lilith, the older one
    Taking little Adam by the scruff
    "Taste me, boy. I am woman."
    Overwhelmed in the land of lust
    the boy beseeches
    "Father, please. The woman tempts me.
    I am uncomfortable in this crux of life and living."
    Thus the way unwinds slowly
    No more ecstatic paradise, rising waves of bliss.
    We must circumscribe our biological imperatives
    in the name of a loving God.
    And Lilith?
    She sparkles in ululation
    embracing the night.

  3. libramoon, lovely poem. thank you. LAS