Where Did the Laughter Go?–poem fragment

Where did the laughter go?
It was just here a while ago
Did you take it off to some strange land?
Did you sell it so you could understand?
Was it worth it all, that mystic trade?
Are you happy with the price you paid?
You plucked the fruit from off the tree
You choked it back so hungrily
Now you’ve returned saddened dour
Your smile lost with new-found power?
So you say. So it may be
Yet without humour can you be free?
For in the end, there’s nothing lost
innocence is experience’s cost.

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