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    WHAT IS THE THEME ON THE FOLLOWING POEM?

    I am who I am.
    A coincidence no less unthinkable
    than any other.

    I could have different
    ancestors, after all.
    I could have fluttered
    from another nest
    or crawled bescaled
    from another tree.

    Nature's wardrobe
    holds a fair supply of costumes:
    spider, seagull, fieldmouse.
    Each fits perfectly right off
    and is dutifully worn
    into shreds.

    I didn't get a choice either,
    but I can't complain.
    I could have been someone
    much less separate.
    Someone from an anthill, shoal, or buzzing swarm,
    an inch of landscape ruffled by the wind.

    Someone much less fortunate,
    bred for my fur
    or Christmas dinner,
    something swimming under a square of glass.

    A tree rooted to the ground
    as the fire draws near.

    A grass blade trampled by a stampede
    of incomprehensible events.

    A shady type whose darkness
    dazzled some.

    What if I'd prompted only fear,
    loathing,
    or pity?

    If I'd been born
    in the wrong tribe
    with all roads closed before me?

    Fate has been kind
    to me thus far.

    I might never have been given
    the memory of happy moments.

    My yen for comparison
    might have been taken away.

    I might have been myself minus amazement,
    that is,
    someone completely different.

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    Re: WHAT IS THE THEME ON THE FOLLOWING POEM?

    It's about wondering why you are who you are and what else you could be.

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