The Universe Laughs Last

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The Universe is a jokester,
its arms lightly crisscrossing
its abdomen
doubled over in laughter
pointing at me…
bellowing bawdy guffaws
AH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!
Slapping its thigh,
so satisfied with itself.
Every time I think I get it,
I learned the lesson,
I figured it out,
something else happens,
and a big neon sign flashes
right in front of my eyes,
SURPRISE!
And I’m standing there,
mouth hanging open,
eyes blank,
WAIT, WHAT?
Looking so foolish.
And that’s how I figured
no one escapes from the game.
I could play smart
or I could play dumb
but I don’t get to sit out.
And the universe always
laughs last.

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