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When He got old
He couldn't remember
why He had done it.

'Look,' they said.
'Look at the stars in their courses,
the beautiful spiral galaxies,
the awesome black holes.
All your deep mysteries
made wonderfully visible.'

'Yeah, right,'
He said.
'Very pretty,
but what's it all for?'

'Look at the manta ray,'
they said,
'the swallow,
the emperor dragonfly,
the crocodile
who carries her babies in her mouth,
the snow leopard.
All part of your Great Plan.'

'Great Plan?' He said.
'You have got to be joking.
It seemed a good idea at the time,
that's all.'

They called Him
'Old Grumpy',
but not to his face.