My mother taught me strength.
My ten commandments were her words of wisdom.
Get an education, get established, be your own person.
She never wanted me to depend on anyone, especially a man.
To her, men were serpents.
They were our damnation.
“Eve trusted a man.” She’d say, her cigarette turning to ash in her hands.
“Now we all are cursed.”
The sins of Eve became the sins of our mothers.
She tried to warn me, but I didn’t listen.
Infatuated with the forbidden.
I strayed from her religion.