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I had a chat with a friend whom I met

Who had just returned from a trip to Tibet

In a world beset with hunger and strife

He set out in search for the meaning of life

It was a perilous journey

Filled with hazards and trauma

‘Til he finally found

The much acclaimed Lama.

My friend asked the question,

He could no longer wait.

The old man seemed to hesitate.

“As simplistic,” said the monk, “as it may seem,

Life is like a mountain stream

It starts at the top, then I’m sorry to say,

That it’s downhill all the rest of the way.”

My friend returned home depressed and dejected

The answer was far from what he had expected

Saddened to see my friend in a slump

I said “life’s more like a fountain

With a recycling pump.”

My assessment renewed him,

(I don’t want to seem flip.)

But if he had come to me first,

I could have saved him the trip!

Geraldine Forer Spagnoli

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