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Am I but the punchline to life’s joke?
Too rational to follow the punchline
or duck its punch .
Too trusting of humans
being less than they profess,
scarred by the self-centered declarations
of the sanctimonious charlatans.
And yet I believe in life’s journey.
It’s twist and turns and torments
joys and grand achievements
i.e. learning the alphabet,
memorizing the “guzinta’s”,
rocking a baby to sleep,
listening to an old man’s story,
teaching someone something new
allowing them to do the same.

Thus, do I play the game of life
unsure of its rules or if there are any
showing up, reporting for duty
searching for the answer
to the seemingly unanswerable question
“What’s it all about?”

John G. Lawless

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