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The Power of Playfulness - 15sep21



How many souls has

Charon piloted across the river Styx?

And how many lamented, or raged,

or pleaded or bargained?


Greater in number, I’d wager,

than those who sat back

and enjoyed the journey.


Even rarer, in deed,

were those who joyfully spent their journey in play;

perhaps even imitating motorboat noises

as they did once as children.


Could our playfulness not be a litmus test

of our peace and spontaneity;


like Jake Skywalker in “The Last Jedi,”

who mocked Rey’s literal mindedness

by tickling her palm with a reed,

upon the forgotten isle of Ahch-to?


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