Joy is a matter of finding myself
laughable and imperfect---
not just in appearance and talents
but in knowledge, virtue and even faith---
and yet discovering that Reality
is quite able to take such a joke.

                                                                        -- Mahlon H Smith

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* Note: This reflection is from an entry
in the author's journal
dated 20 January 1968
and published here for the first time.

Collected Poems
Mahlon H Smith

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