And then I heard from inside, Allah: "The dark and the light,
the female and the male, the hallowed and the damned --
and the wide and varied spectra between -- all inhabit the
same castle hovels, eat identical fruits and breads, all fill
their mutual lungs with the same necessary air. They live
only to die alike. Thus saith Buddha the LORD."
(A frolicsome collie is crushed beneath the wheels of the
And then from inside I heard Buddha: "Siblings are the
sinister and sincere. The thankless are inseparable from the
sanctified. The unhurt and the maimed share one body after
all, hidden by illusions of skin and gender, atlas and caste.
Thus saith Krishna the LORD."
(A gynandromorphic monarch flutters to the patient finger
of the eager child.)
And then from within came Krishna: "The ancient one was
an infant once, just as the babe shall once day age. Nights
belong to insomniacs and narcolepts alike, and the sun is