What Matters

What Matters

Nachman turned to the Prince and said
I have seen in my visions
the wheat will be tainted this Thanksgiving.
Whoever eats of it
will go insane.
What to do?

Let’s grow something else
said Prince —
we’ll only eat from the new crop.

Then we’ll be the only sane ones —
I don’t think I could live
like that, said Nachman.

How about this –
said Prince,
we’ll each make a mark on our foreheads.
Then after we eat
we’ll look at each other
and know we’re crazy.

But we won’t know, said Nachman,

Then it won’t matter,
said Prince.

No, it matters, said Nachman
it matters
even if we don’t know it.

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