The universe can be dead serious.
It is a daily contest of life and death for everyone
From the littlest beetle to the largest redwood tree.
It is also the most playful thing imaginable.
Why else would there be zebras? Or the platypus?
Or that lone baritone duck caterwauling off-key in contrast to the perfect choir of songbird sopranos?
Tweedle, tweedle, chirp, tweet, chirp, tweeee, pu-wee, pu-wee, chirrup.
We laugh in our sleeping bag, waking to the racket.
Then the gulls laugh, too.
And we crack up all over again.
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