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UNCANNY, DON'T YOU THINK
THAT HE SHOULD REPLY
TO MY ASKING
WHY DID YOU NOT MAKE
ME A SQUIRREL INSTEAD OF A HUMAN

BY SAYING
BUT I DID
YOU WERE A SQUIRREL
BEFORE I MADE YOU A HUMAN
BUT YOU DID NOT KNOW
YOU WERE A SQUIRREL
WHEN YOU WERE A SQUIRREL
SO WHAT IS THE USE,
I ASKED: OKAY, WHY
NOT A BUTTERFLY

AND VERILY CAME HIS REPLY
I KNEW YOU WOULD
ASK THIS AND HOPED
YOU WOULD NOT
AND HE SIGHED: YOU WERE
A LITTLE BUTTERFLY BEFORE
YOU WERE A SQUIRREL
AND A FROG BEFORE THAT
AND A RAINBOW BEFORE
AND A ROACH
BEFORE YOU WERE A STREPTOCOCCUS

ENOUGH, I SAID, BUT
IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE

PRECISELY SAID HE
WHEN YOU ARE NOT A HUMAN
YOU DON'T KNOW THAT
YOU ARE NOT,
NOR WHAT YOU ARE;
AND YOU KNOW THAT
YOU ARE A HUMAN AND
NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO BE ONLY WHEN YOU ARE A HUMAN
AND YOU WANT
TO BE EVERYTHING ELSE BUT

CONFUSED I OPENED MY MOUTH
BUT BEFORE I COULD SAY
ANYTHING, HE SAID

ENOUGH, AND NOW IT
IS MY TURN TO ASK:
WHY DID YOU MAKE ME
A GOD

 

ramesh gandhi