Adam and Eve, depicted on a Romanesque capital, in the collection of the Musée national du Moyen Âge (Musée de Cluny), Paris
From Adam, or The Birth of Anxiety, by Edmond Jabès (born 16 April, 1912; died 2 January, 1991):
Thus, along with lack,
anxiety was born.
A fallen apple – from the same branch that Eve
plucked hers – continues to spoil at the foot of
the felled tree.
Rotten fruit. Its name: ANXIETY.
(from The Book of Shares, 1989; translated from the French by Rosemarie Waldrop)