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We kept this up for several hours, and finally the Jester slowed down. He stopped just before a clearing, and as I drew nearer I could hear the sounds of dozens of people milling about. "What's going on?" I whispered to him.

"My time with you is drawing short," he said. "Don't be afraid. You are very near your destination now." He giggled. "Why do I think I shouldn't believe you?" I asked. "As new life will come from death, love will come at leisure. Love of love, love of life, and giving without measure gives in return a wondrous yearn of a promise almost seen. Live hand-in-hand and together we'll stand on the threshold of a dream."

He led me into the clearing... and I almost fainted. I saw food stands, caged animals, people walking around with balloons and cotton candy-- I heard carnival music and a sideshow barker enticing passers-by to stay for the next show. "What in the world?" I gasped. "This can't be real?" The Jester leaped all around me. "Keep as cool as you can. It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave." He laughed. "Wait a minute. Is the King here?" I asked. "Time is now to spread your voice. Time's to come, there'll be no choice. Keep on thinking free." He started to prance off. "Wait! You can't leave me here!"

He turned around to face me. "Since it began I've got one dream and really it's my only blessing. If I can come through then so can you, and you will find there's no regretting. Things that you want from your life's font will never let your spirit grow. Come back to Earth for what it's worth, for you've been dreaming of a ceiling not a home. If I'm lost or mislaid just keep looking, don't be afraid. In the eye of the mind I'm everywhere and yours to find. I'm not far, just discover I'm in you for I am love. Now I must go out and set my best pace, running all day in the human race. But now I know the good news: before you win you have to lose..." I heard him laughing maniacally as he disappeared into the crowd. I shook my head in disbelief and confusion.

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