Story a day: 2.4.16

And now to get back on schedule.

Prompt: Today’s form will be pantoum.

“The modern pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.”‘

When chasing happiness,
one ought exercise some care.
There are conditions on bliss.
True contentedness is rare.

One ought exercise some care
when eating, relaxing, enjoying at all.
True contentedness is rare.
Joy comes before the fall.

When eating, relaxing, enjoying at all,
the things offered by this life,
joy comes before the fall,
happiness balances on the edge of a knife.

The things offered by this life,
they are but a ruse, a lie, a farce.
Happiness balances on the edge of a knife.
You will fail and cry and die, of course.

They are but a ruse, a lie, a farce,
but do not let that steal your bliss.
You will fail and cry and die, of course,
when chasing happiness.

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