What Things Want

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You have to let things
Occupy their own space.
This room is small,
But the green settee

Likes to be here.
The big marsh reeds,
Crowding out the slough,
Find the world good.

You have to let things
Be as they are.
Who knows which of us
Deserves the world more?

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Fable

The mountain and the squirrel   
Had a quarrel;   
And the former called the latter ‘Little Prig.’ 
Bun replied,   
‘You are doubtless very big;          
But all sorts of things and weather   
Must be taken in together,   
To make up a year   
And a sphere.   
And I think it no disgrace   
To occupy my place.   
If I'm not so large as you,   
You are not so small as I,   
And not half so spry.   
I'll not deny you make   
A very pretty squirrel track;   
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;   
If I cannot carry forests on my back,   
Neither can you crack a nut.’