An Orange

by Samuel Derrick Rosen

I offer you an orange
You say you'd prefer an apple
I offer you an orange
You say, no
I want an apple
You say you had a bad experience
With eating an orange
Hmm, I say
Yes, but what does it matter?
You say you are not eating the orange
Under no circumstances will you ever
Eat an orange

But why can't you close your eyes
And just pretend it is an apple?
You say that would not work
The differences between an apple and
An orange
Are far too obviously clear
And besides, you cannot fool yourself
And I say
I would not be so sure of that
Here, try;
this is not really an orange
It is in fact an apple
And not quite politely you say

I do not want an orange
I only want an apple.