Cain Isn’t Abel

He cannot bring himself
to obey.
Instead, he conveys the gift
of a marriage
between sun, soil, and water.
A succulent offering
from summer’s abundance.
Cradled in
calloused hands, he presents
fruits plucked
from his cultivated fields.
It is understood
that his younger brother
will arrive
with portions carved from
the firstborn
of his shepherded flock.
As the elder,
a farmer blessed with
such bounty,
how can the Lord reject
his overture?
Cain knows a blood sacrifice
is required.
But then, Cain isn’t Abel.


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