602. lovebug’s lament

lovebug said, “i see that you seem to be writing a lot about the tortoises breaking up, and using them to engender pathos in the readers of your kōans.”

“yes,” the guru replied, “and?”

“well,” said lovebug, “that’s sort of my role. i’m the pathos character. the tortoises are supposed to be a model of love and romance.”

the guru said, “what is romance without sadness? what is love without heartbreak?”

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