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The Tiger Song

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I wrote this Tiger Song in response to an USAID announcement that they were about to map the tiger's genome. It was published in the Kathmandu Post. If you want to sing it, drop me a line!


The Tiger Song

Tiger, Tiger
burning bright, in the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye--could frame thy fearful symmetry?
But today you are going to be genomically mapped,
your genes extracted, sequentially isolated, trapped,
Great scientists will use your genes
to splice into a fish, create a monster tiger-fish
to be turned into a restaurant dish.

Maybe they will put your soul into a mouse, or a vole,
to see if mice can act, with your ferocious strength
If the mice escape the lab, too bad.
The lab has stated in a disclosure statement—
did you read it?—it is not responsible
for things that occur outside its four walls.

Maybe these great scientists of our times,
take a fancy to your stripes, and splice your fur
into a rabbit to see, if he will metamorposize
into wild lingerie…

La Fin Du Monde

Read the français version of my short story "The End of the World" here.
The translation was kindly done by:
Benoîte Dauvergne ________________________________________________________________________
Unjour,lanouvellefutsurtoutesleslèvres.Lesjournauxeux-mêmesl'annoncèrent.Un sadhuérudit etrespectéavaitpréditunincendie,une immensecatastrophenaturellecapable d'anéantirplusdelamoitiéde lapopulationmondiale. Dilrentrait de sontravailauchantierde construction, lorsqu'ils'arrêta brièvementpour écouterun hommeexposer lesbienfaitsd'une herbe contrel'impuissance.Il remarquaalorslalonguefiledechèvresqui se dirigeaitversleterrainde manœuvres deTundikhel, unevaste étendue d'herbe située au centre dela ville.
— Qu'est-cequise passe? demanda-t-il. —Chacunachètedelaviandepour