Not everything is true in Mella-Milloo

By Retha Faurie 

Here in my town of Mella-Milloo

I go off to school, just like any of you.

But something is strange at the Mella-school.

Some kids say things that just are not cool.

Some kids here think everything is equally true.

They say: “I am right, and so are you.”

 

When I say the sum has the answer three,

they say five is what it turns out to be.

When I say our teacher is wearing green,

they say her purple dress is the ugliest ever seen.

 

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Yesterday Susan came by on her bike.

(She always says funny things that I like.)

She stopped, and said “hi.”

We played, and then we said “Bye.”

 

At school I tell the other kids out to play

that Susan was riding her bike yesterday.

No,” Mike said, “it wasn’t a bike.

She had a flying saucer, and an alien was following

on a four-winged trike.”

 

But,” argued I, “a flying saucer she did not drive.

And I saw no alien, nor on a tricycle or doing the jive.”

Hold your tongue,” say Mike to me now.

It doesn’t matter if it was a saucer, a bike or a cow.

Just about everything is equally true.

I am right, and so are you.”

 

I said to Mike: “Only some things are true.

God gave me a brain, and a pair of eyes too

so I can see and know what is true.

So I can understand, and know what to do.

Some things are true and some are not.

I saw what she rode. A bike she got.

God gave me a brain to understand.

And to look for truth, is what He command.

Not everything is equally true.

What is true indeed, should be true for you.”

 

And,” added Joe, “I saw her too.

She was riding an elephant from the Mella-town zoo.”

But Mella-town don’t have a zoo,”

I said, “and Susan fear big animals too.”

Joe say: “It depends how you feel

I feel she rode one, I believe that it’s true.

If you don’t believe it, I am just as right as you.”

 

I said to Joe: “Only some things are true

God gave me a brain, and a pair of eyes too

so I can see and know what is true.

So I can understand, and know what to do.

Some things are true and some are not.

I saw what she rode. A bike she got.

God gave me a brain to understand.

And to look for truth, is what He command.

Not everything is equally true.

What is true indeed, should be true for you.”

 

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Last week Martin was away from class.

This week he told us where he was.

He and his mother flew over the sea

to visit the country of Medda-Callee.

Martin showed his photos to us

of him and his mum, touring on a big red bus.

 

Mike say Martin was in a hospital ward

with a toe that was swollen large and hard.

A tarantula bit him, and his toe swelled large as a TV screen.

Martin’s toe was the largest that Mike ever seen.

 

No,” I said, “his toe is okay.

Nothing is wrong with that toe today.”

“Shhht,” say Mike: “Just about everything is equally true.

I am right, and so are you.”

 

I say to Mike: “Only some things are true

God gave me a brain, and a pair of eyes too

so I can see and know what is true.

So I can understand, and know what to do.

His toe is all right, no tarantula was there.

He went overseas and has the photos to share.

God gave me a brain to understand.

And to look for truth, is what He command.

Not everything is equally true.

What is true indeed, should be true for you.”

 

Then Joe chipped in with another tale:

Martin had a ship that set for sail.

He found an island – what a pleasure

cause on the island he found a chest full of treasure.

Pirates came, and then he guessed

that fighting them off would be the best.”

 

But,” say I, “how can one little boy

fight off pirates, with his sword a plastic toy?”

Joe say: “It depends how you feel.

I feel he did it, I believe that it’s true.

If you don’t believe it, I am just as right as you.”

 

I say to Joe: “Only some things are true

God gave me a brain, and a pair of eyes too

so I can see and know what is true.

So I can understand, and know what to do.

I saw the photos and the tickets for the plane.

If you think he fought pirates, why, that is insane!

God gave me a brain to understand.

And to look for truth, is what He command.

Not everything is equally true.

What is true indeed, should be true for you.”

 

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My mother say that Jesus died.

Came alive again, He never lied.

He said He would die and then rise again.

He did that 2000 years ago, that’s when.

 

Now some people say “It depends how you feel.

If you feel he did, then believe that it’s true.

I don’t believe it, and I am just as right as you.”

 

But either Jesus died and then he rose.

Or else it’s a story, no truer than Joe’s.

It just cannot both be equally true.

It cannot be true just for me or for you.

 

I can say to them: “Only some things are true.

God gave us brains, and pairs of eyes too

so we can see and know what is true.

So we can understand, and know what to do.

The people saw him die, then saw him alive again.

They wrote what they saw, and kept saying it then.

God gave me a brain to understand.

And to look for truth, is what He command.

Not everything is equally true.

What is true indeed, should be true for you.”