Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Mystic Fountain to Christmas Shopping by the Four Wise Men 
What happened to the magic fountain 
What happened to the fourth wise man 

The Mystic Fountain (story/poem) 

Once there was a mystic fountain in a quiet little town
People came to visit her from places all around
Twas said for just one penny she could grant a simple wish
She could not move a mountain but she could produce a fish
She made the people happy was her greatest gift of all
She even had the kindness to give candy to the small
As time went on its destined course and people less confined
More people heard the story of a fountain they could find
The people came and people saw twas not sheer fantasy
Except the cost of one small cent a simple wish was free
The town’s folk grew more happy and also very rich
They lost their need wishes and the fountain’s little fish
Why should we take in pennies when its dollars we could rake
Think about the village and improvements we could make
They spoke about the fountain their source of wealth and fame
She looks quite old She needs big work And let’s give her a name
There is a fountain with a legend in a prosperous town
People come to see it from all the world around
Tis said for just one dollar it could grant a single wish
It could even move a mountain or produce a simple fish 

The fate of a fountain forms the foundation of this story/poem. An example of a classic story/poem form. The most notable thing about this form of poetry is that rhymes do not have to be exact. As long as the words in question sound something alike, that's okay.  

There was a coffee shop, just off of Haight street, here in San Francisco. It didn't have quite the selection of a Star Buck's but it had great pies, cakes and pastries. Arlene and I discovered it in the early 70's. It had been in business for some time. It was furnished by a hodge podge of comfortable tables and chairs, and couches. The clientele were like a family, and a wonderland of personalities. It took Arlene and I several visits to be accepted, The place was run by a husband, his wife and their family. How they made any money was beyond me. Their coffees. teas and desserts were not only delicious but they were very cheap. As time past, word about the prices got around and attracted more customers. The man, getting old. decided to give the business to his kids, and take his wife on a well deserved vacation. The first thing that the kids did was to remodel the place so that the coffee shop could accommodate more people. This effected some of the regulars, who disappeared. The next thing the kids did was to improve the quality of their products and raise their prices, This was when Arlene and I left. I remember, business seemed to be growing, but it wasn't the same. The place is still in business. I don;t go in. Memories. 

Change. That's what life is all about. Changes cover the whole spectrum of human feeling, from the very positive to the very negative. The reasons for changes are many. We humans, generally don't like change, Yet we tend to get bored with routine. Here's another wild one. I have been the source of some changes. When I was bringing them about, I was proud of my accomplishment. When I look back, I sometimes wonder, "Why did I do that?" Change will happen whether we like it or not. Let us accept change will happen. Let us know that we are a part of it. Not a helpless part. A surfer can ride the wave or be pushed by it. Realize that change is a part of life. Know that we are a part of life. Put the two together and Enjoy. 

One more drink from the fountain: Libera "The Fountain" 

This is the season of the wise men 

The Magi, also referred to as the Wise Men or Kings, were, in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Tradition tells us that there were three. Studio C suggests that there might have been four.
Here is Studio C's explanation of what happen to the fourth wise man. "Christmas Shopping by the Four Wise Men" 

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  1. I love the personification of the fountain - how it feels we can't stop at a cent.. or a simple we change the good things at times..rather enjoying the magic of what is

    1. Thank you for your comments
      I especially appreciate your thoughts on the story

  2. A great poem Martin most enjoyable to read.
    I read also you live in San Francisco, I have stayed there twice and had a much enjoable time. Visited Fishermna's Wharf, The Golden Gate Brideg whifh I was photographed. Wonderful post.

    1. Thank you for the compliment
      {The Bay Area was a wonderful place to live. It's getting unrealistically expensive.)

  3. Another wonderful and enjoyable read Martin. As for the Coffee Shop, I believe in the old saying, If its not broke, don't fix it. Thanks :)

    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed.
      (You seem to come from the same school as me.)

  4. The founder is normally more cautious as they had seen the good and bad of it. The youngsters are normally impatient putting theories into practice but forgetting the human side of things!


    1. An excellent point.
      Thank you for granting us something extra to think about.

  5. Yep, change comes whether we like it or not. And yeah, not always great. But one has to deal with it quick in those situations, then they can embrace it. A good routine isn't bad though, as long as it works for you.

    1. Sounds like you;re a Pro managing change. My best to you.
      Thank you for these words of advise

  6. Sadly I would have been one of the regulars who quietly decided that I didn't want to ride that wave after the youngsters took over, and paddled off into the sunset.
    Change happens, but change for change sake is not for me.

    1. In SF these "homey" coffee shops are becoming things of the past.
      I was guilty of change for change sake, so I can't criticize.
      Thank you

  7. What a wonderful poem! Change is a constant, sometimes for the best, sometimes less so...

    1. Thank you for your compliment.
      Talk about change, the change in your art is magic

  8. What a depthful and thoughtful poem,Martin. So wonderful to think about the mystic fountain.

  9. Nice poem.
    Interesting about new owners of a shop - many don't like change, somehow I don't think I would have gone back there either after it was decorated and prices rose, just wouldn't be the same atmosphere that I liked in the first place.

    1. The original prices were very low, The kids could have made wise financial destinations. The atmosphere suffer. Now a day many atmospheres suffer.