Evolution of a Myth No. 1
Birth of Adam

© Michael Price Inc.
Gold leaf, natural and mineral pigments in casein distemper,
Strasbourg turpentine and oil on linen on panel
55.1 x 42.9 ins. / 140 x 109 cm
Birth of Adam

Zeus in Paradise found snake-like disguise
before a woman, dark, naked, alone
waiting for new life. Pleasure her surprise
entwined with a dream, she sank to the ground.

Guardian angels not knowing the deed
in the midst of light gave shadow with grace
should beasts of the earth catch sight and be shown
the splendour of love unfolding the sound

all blossom's delight. Coiled up with a need
to shine as stars on dust of the earth
knowing child-like sleep, came bone of her bone,
came flesh of her flesh. Alone, she gave birth.

With a setting smile, she saw in his face
the God she had known of tender embrace.