46. To see the face of joy

To see the face of joy
He went along with the world.
No joy.

To see the face of joy
He adapted himself to wishes of others.
No joy.

To see the face of joy
He allowed others to out-talk him.
No joy.

To see the face of joy
He fasted for two long weeks.
No joy.

To see the face of joy
He denied himself even an iota of human love.
No joy.

To see the face of joy
He entered into the zone of silence.
No joy.

Finally a little bird whispered:
"Joy on earth no longer is.
Prepare yourself for the world Beyond
Where joy is married to Eternity's Life."