Have we met yet?
Are you sure?
I could have sworn I was that veterinarian from that one time
Answering emergency calls at midnight
Because someone’s dog drank antifreeze by accident
Staying up all night to help their pooch
And not minding at all – because that’s a life I’m saving.
Or could I have been that geneticist from the Italian restaurant?
With a microscope and a slab of DNA undergoing metaphase
Conducting experiments on how to prevent this genetic disease
Or helping come up with a cure for Huntington ’s disease.
Or is it possible I was the zoologist you met on that trip to India?
I said I was there for two weeks, helping an organization treat animals
Who were being targeted for poaching
I said then I was going to Africa, to help rhesus monkeys and giraffes.
But I suppose it is also entirely possible that I was that one girl at the coffee shop
With a caramel mocha
Because I needed that caffeine pick-me-up before I went in to pitch that idea
For that new environmentally friendly product
Because that’s what environmental engineers do:
We try and save the world,
One tree, one river, one flower, one delta, one creek, one swamp, one tree, one garden
At a time.