One day you may be asked,
if God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good,
then why is there evil in the world?
Then, someone may add that, as a child,
you do not realize you are also watching
your parents grow up with you. Outside,
the slow shadow of evening turns on the city lights
in one swift motion, as you consider
whether nothing is the absence
of being, or another form of being
we cannot see. You will enter
a linoleum restaurant with plaid chairs,
the customers pretending to read the menu.
Do they see the same colors that you see,
or is what they call red, you call blue?
The waitress makes dream circles
with a wet dish rag. Because of this motion,
the table is dry, which leaves you to wonder
if water itself is wet. She approaches your table
with her pad of thin paper and worn out pen,
to ask what you want. How do you know
what you want, when there is so much desire
in this world? Do you want tuna on toast
or do you want to want it? Maybe
you shouldn’t have taken that philosophy class.
Maybe you should close your eyes, and order
the first thing your finger lands on.
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