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You Can Call Me They

We brought home a gerbil wondering if it was a he or a she
Named it Polly-Jim due to confusion about who it might be.
Polly-Jim took out her embroidery and said, “I need more thread.”
And if you don’t mind, I prefer to be called “Lucy-Fred.”

This was still confusing, but we were too silly to ask.
Hip! Hip! She said impatiently. I need cotton for this task.
Is he a she then?  We asked each other, in a weird way.
Lucy-Fred got wind of this and said, “you can call me they.”

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