The question you will be called upon
to answer requires careful thought,
but you will be forced to respond.
Would you rather live the rest
of your life in Lilliput or Brobdingnab?
It may seem rather silly, for neither
is likely to occur, but that is not the point
and you cannot avoid responding.
Of course you will have to read
Swift, but you ought to do that anyway
and there, if you pay attention, you
see your own world and your
relationship with it, and you will see
others who look vaguely familiar.
So there you have your midterm exam
denizen of Lilliput or Brobdingnab,
and no, you cannot answer with
“because I’d be a giant among midgets,”
or “because I’d stand out as a midget
in a world where all around me are giants”
because no matter how you choose
you’ll be black in a white world, gay
in a straight one, or a woman in our world.