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Everybody Up!

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In the oldest times before the tilling of the land

the people would live

and the people would die.

And when the moon would return to her fullness in the night’s sky

she would say, “everybody up!”

and they would all rise up and go on living again.

One night, an old, wise man came out and told her

“let them remain dead” and so she did

and none came back to life again.

Except for the moon herself, she continued to come back