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THIS LIFE

October 17, 2011

By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa


This life, this life
This changing life
Taking us on a journey
On the mercurial river of life
Gently and pleasantly at times
Lifting us to heavenly heights
Roughly and irascibly at other times
Smothering us in its waters
Passing through lush green fields of joy and glory
Ensnaring us in precipitous gorges of toil and trouble
Churning out lustrous successes to celebrate
And hurling fated failures to bemoan
Twisting and turning
The river dispenses healthy doses of euphoric feeling
Which make us jump for joy
Then injects painful fluids of sorry sickness
Which lay us on beds of venomous thorns


O what a life!
This journey on the river of life
That ineluctably ends in the ocean of death
Which envelopes us in its depth and vastness
And delivers us on the fertile shores of waiting wombs
To be reborn once more to ride the waves of the aleatory river

 

Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2011

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