A Proper Name Never Dies

If an ant could talk, would you still kill it?

If it (or he or she?) could plead for mercy,
show you a family photo album,

express its hopes for a future in mind,
or read you a poem about friends in low places—
would you still just silence it under your shoe?

Or what if it could simply share with you its name?

But it can’t, so neither will I not kill an ant.

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