Was Adam begetting before the Fall?
On this the Scriptures are not clear at all.
Yet after the serpent had got its way,
They say he was busy every day.
He fixed on Eve a permanent passion
And peopled the earth in carnal fashion.
In time begetters grew so out of hand
That a flood was decreed to drown the land.
Big Noah caulked planks in the drenching dark
And ruled out sex when he floated the ark.
The beasts which he led in two by two
Were told to cool it till the voyage was through.
The ur-figure, Abraham, wearing a smile,
Was up to the mark for a very long while.
The centenerian tiptoed lightly
To nonagenerian Sarah nightly.
This golden oldie had plenty of fun
Begetting Isaac, his favourite son.
Historical books like Chronicles tell
Of the kings who begat in Israel.
When the dying David lost all his heat,
A maiden was sent to him tout de suite:
And Sheba's queen gives a lift to the story
Of Solomon in 'all his glory'.
From Genesis down to the Maccabees,
The going was good and life was a breeze.
Shem, Ham and Japheth, Magog and Javan,
John (also called Gaddi) and Avaran:
Each followed the guideline that God had set-
'Take you a wife, and begin to beget.'
A change in the rules for every nation
Is shown in the Book of Revelation.
When the clocks each give a strangled chime
To announce the end of ordinary time,
A brand new order will see to it that
The game of begetting becomes old hat.