Are you very spiritual? He asked.
I hesitated, ill at ease.
Are you very political? Someone else inquired years ago. I don’t remember my answer: it must have been unclear.
Are you very religious? He insists. I hold my breath.
I can tell anyway, he adds, you are very artistic.
Do I have to be very something? To possess anything in a prominent, remarkable fashion?
I am very human, I murmur after a pause. A tad too long of a pause.
I’m afraid it sounded horribly banal.
If he knew what it took me to become