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)
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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