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The Prophet

Think about an orange, cut in half.
On seeing half an orange, you’ll always say
the other half was there, perhaps not now,
but once.  And so, to know an orange, just half
will do.  And you can go about and tell
the crowd, the throngs of patient ears and watch-
ful eyes, that you have seen an orange.  Exclaim
the truth of oranges!  They’ll never know
that only half was there; they will believe
in you, in you who only knew the half of it.
So why not do the same with truth?  Why not,
on seeing half a truth, exclaim to all,
“The other half is here!”  So what if on
some day they call you out and say you lied
and told them truths whose truth you did not know.
For sometimes people need to know a truth
and want, in fear, for something to believe.
So maybe half a truth will do, and you
can be the one to tell the world the orange
was whole and ripe and true before your eyes.


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