Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Thinking about Eve

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The guilty one.
The one who is tempted.
The one who succumbs.
The one who brings pain to everyone else.
The one who is punished.
The one who must atone.
The sin of the mother is revisited upon her daughters.

The weak one who cannot be allowed out on her own.
She is prey to her own whims, to her own unwieldy desires.
She will make bad decisions when left to her own devises.
She can never be trusted again.
She must be under the careful guardianship of a father, a husband, a leader.
She must pay with every life she brings into the world.

Pregnant. She cries.
During labour. She moans.
She atones.
She feels like she might split in two.
She thinks she will die.
There’s a good chance she will.
She understands death as she squeezes out life.
There’s blood.
All over the floor.
But she doesn’t see it.
That horror is for the eyes of others.
She doesn’t feel anyone touch her on the outside.
Only on the inside.
With each life she squeezes from her body
she is atones for her disobedience.

Original Sin is one hell of a thing to come back from.

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Erin Shields

Erin Shields is a playwright and actor who most recently won the Governor General's Award for her play If We Were Birds (Playwrights Canada Press). She is a founding member of Groundwater Productions through which she creates, develops and produces much of her work.

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