Daman’s Desire to Deviate
Prose Poem by Frank Zahn
Heredity determines the possible outcomes of life and
environment determines the probable among them.
Daman prays that unlike the possibles and the probable
they determined for him in this life, they determine
possibles and a probable in some life he may have yet
to live that permits him to deviate from the typical,
the usual, the mediocre, the average, or the normal.
Of course, he does not desire to deviate to the negative
likes of a tyrant, a terrorist, a religious intolerant, or
a racist. Any one of those would be worse than the
typical, the usual, the mediocre, the average, or the
normal. Rather, he desires to deviate to the positive
likes of a wise mentor, a generous lover, a religious
tolerant, or a wonder in either the arts or the sciences.
If heredity determines possibles and environment
a probable that supports his desire to deviate, he will
celebrate. If heredity does, but environment does not,
he may be able to change the probable by changing his
environment. If heredity fails to determine at least one
possible that permits him to realize his desire to deviate,
environment and changes in it will become irrelevant.
Should the latter or worse scenario occur, he vows
he will pray that heredity and environment determine
a possible and a probable that permit him to truncate
early on the life he may have yet to live. Another life
without a chance to realize his desire to deviate from
the typical, the usual, the mediocre, the average, or the
normal would be not only monotonous but indefensible.
Copyright © 2016 Frank Zahn. Published in The Criterion,
ISSN: 0976-8165, Volume 7, Issue VI, December 2016,
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