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Crossing A River

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The Original Story

 

“Two mendicants, having taken a vow of celibacy

 Were about to cross a river

 

A pretty lass was about to do the same

But was looking with fear at the rushing waters

 

The young mendicant suggested that

 One of them carries her across

 

The old guy said:

 

Son, we have taken a vow

Of celibacy, we can’t do such things

 

The other Said:

 

We have only taken

A vow of not marrying, not one of Not Carrying

 

The old guy Said:

 

 Do what you will

 

The three got across and went their ways

 

After a while the old guy grumbled:

Yet you shouldn’t have done that:

 

The young one responded:

 

I deposited her on the shore itself

Strangely you seem to be still carrying her!”

 

 

 

( This was the old tale. Yet what happened was this):

 

The Real Story

 

The old guy

Seeing the younger one quite set on carrying her across

And grasping the dangers of bodily contact

Volunteered to carry her saying:

 

 Just watch our rear, when we are in the waters

 

They proceeded thus to the other side

The girl turning her head to look at the boy often

And the boy blushing when their eyes met

 

Water being a fine conductor of nervous energy

Their rapport was instantaneous

 

At the far side, after thanking the old man

They both took off together

 

The old guy, watching them disappear

In the distance, mused:

 

When you carry something precious

You either don’t put it down

Or you make sure that it stays yours

Before doing so

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  1. Ha, very fun to read the old story, and delightful to read your newer take. k.

    ManicDdaily

    June 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

  2. Fun, fun read 🙂

    Susan L Daniels

    June 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  3. I like how you have two versions, each a delightful read!

    QueridaJ

    June 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  4. Hello, just wanted you to know that your work is much appreciated!! =) I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”, please see details here:
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    QueridaJ

    June 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm


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