The Pool of Smiles is empty now,
Its fountain has run dry.
The Lake of Tears is full somehow –
It makes me want to cry.
Products come with warnings now,
Sharp edges and small parts.
So, sign this full disclaimer vow,
Beware those sudden starts.
But life is so damn risky now –
No solace do they give.
The highs, the lows, the undertows,
It’s painful just to live.
What’s that? I hear a giggle now,
The sun peeps through the rain.
So, plough on through the vines and boughs,
There’s joy beyond the pain.
18 September 2018