Consequences — by John Novak

An 18th century oil painting depicting a woman gayly swinging over a floral bush as her shoe flies off. The man beneath her is falling onto the base of an angel statue. There is another man farther behind her, holding ropes attached to the swing to help push her.
Fragonard’s The Swing
Embroiled in sin, we spy a lovely pair:
A velvet serpent stretched across the ground;
A flower of a woman, golden-haired;
Two criminals in Eden stay unfound.

Her halfwit husband’s blindness is profound;
Adulterers cavort without a care.
Ignoring fools, there’s no one else around. 
Embroiled in sin, we spy a lovely pair.

A single shoe, suspended in the air;
The smallest falling fruit still makes a sound. 
Another sin, another garden where
A velvet serpent stretched across the ground.

Unless a rose or snake should be too loud, 
A pretty face has nothing to beware.
The ugliest of deeds could never shroud 
A flower of a woman, golden-haired.

There are no consequences for the fair.
The crimes of angels, angels have allowed.
Our lovers are at peace in this affair;
Two criminals in Eden stay unfound.

The halfwit husband’s face will never frown;
A single shoe will never leave the air.
A garden perseveres, its blossoms proud; 
The flower and her serpent in her lair.

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