A question in the rain

A butterfly asks its brother
"Is the tree alive?"
The brother says
"How can it be? It has changed not a bit in all of our lives!"

The butterfly asks the tree
"Are you alive?"
The tree answers
"I am but a raindrop in the ocean.
"I pass through life for a moment.
"I bend to the winds and dry in the sun
"but the mountain...
"the mountain is forever."

The butterfly asks the mountain
"Are you alive?"

The mountain thinks
and when the mountain answers, it finds
the butterfly is long since gone
the tree has passed from memory

and the mountain looks to the universe and asks
"am I alive?"

The universe thinks...


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