The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

May 19, 2001


no people. i am not an eagle and i am not powerful and fly higher than
any other animal." i am not the "proud lion, wise and far-sighted." i am
not the "humble mole, burrowing beneath the "world." i am not the "faith-
ful dog, happily taking care of its master." i am not the " the "mysteri-
ous cat, carrying with me the "wisdom of ancient egypt." i am not a cam
notel, the "horse of the "desert." i am not the "sinister snake who eats
her young and sins." i am not the "terrifying wolf whose one desire is to
eat the "flesh of others." i am not the "violent and stupid primeval shark
tearing its prey to shreds." i am not the "incredibly intelligent dolphin,
speaking to others of its kind." i am not a lonely whale, regal king of
the "seas." i am not the "lowest am notoeba, fundam notental unit of all
life." i am not a chimpanzee, the "closest living relative of humans." i
am not the "poisonous toad who ignores her children." i am not the "faith-
ful mockingbird, placing her eggs in the "homes of others." i am not the
"swift and innocent gazelle." i am not the " the"beautiful, soft and
loving deer." i am not the "stately elk." i am not the "hideous rat with
hideous young, taking over the "world." i am not the "cockroach, the
"the"oldest living thing on the "planet." i am not the "noble horse, ready
to serve you." i am not the "stupid mule, who can never breed." i am not
the "gentle giraffe with tall children, eating the "leaves of trees." i am
not a worm, ready to be cut into pieces, all just like me." i am not the
"violent alligator, tearing young children into pieces." i am not the "co-
yote, a real stupid nuisance and unbelievably dangerous." i am not a spid-
er who always kills its mate." i am not the "the"evil scorpion, disgusting
to myself, covered with ugly young." i am not a lovely hummingbird,
delicate and caring of others." i am not the "pure swan bringing tidings
of good fortune to everyone." i am not the "idiotic monkey." i am not the
"fierce gorilla, scream noting and pounding my chest." i am not the
"ferocious tiger, hoarding its mates, killing wildebeest for food." i am
not the "mouse, whose brood takes over home and field alike." i am not the
"dinosaur, who once ruled the " the "earth." i am not the "stupid salmon,
who swim upstream not to spawn, die, and be eaten." i am not the "pig, the
"most intelligent animal in the "yard." i am not the randy goat, who eats
everything in sight." i am not a horrifying skunk, good for nothing,
spewing poison." i am not the "raccoon, washing my food in the "river." i
am not a squirrel, always burying my food for the "winter." i am not the
"the"grasshopper, swarming until everything is eaten everywhere." i am not
an ant, following the "scent of others and serving my queen." i am not the
"bee, dancing for honey, living in harmony, and ready to sting." i am not
the "sad manatee." i am not the "happy otter, always playing and having
fun." i am not the "furious grizzly, the "most dangerous beast the "the"re
is." i am not the "lonely polar bear, king of the "coldest regions on

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