16 August 2013

So Happy Together

Being happy was fine in groups
But she didn't try it at home
She feared it would interfere with
Work when she was writing a poem.

Now, she enjoyed getting to write
But that’s not the same thing at all—
Happiness as a theme might bore—
Her readers, she felt, deserved more.

So she pulled out the disheartened
Injured abused and disregarded;
She depicted solitude as
Exactly what she avoided.

And then she smiled and made iced tea
Sat on her deck in maple trees
Closed her eyes and overheard birds
Bees and squirrels chat in the leaves.




Posted for Poetry Pantry #163 at Poets United.



Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast





30 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I so know. Me, too!!!!! I can see that smile of contentment!

kaykuala said...

Success and happiness allow one the luxury of sitting back with a smile satisfied and being aware of the surroundings. The environment that throws in the support is also there plain to see. Wonderful write Susan!

Hank

Mary said...

Ah, there is no better place than sitting on one's deck among the maple trees!! Happiness can be found RIGHT there!!

Grace said...

I know the feeling Susan ~ Sometimes the sadness & injured gets more attention but happiness is look at as a bore ~ Still those moments of contentment are precious and simple really ~

Brian Miller said...

ha. does happiness bore...do we need the angst, and action...i wonder....i think we have been sold an action movie over our happiness at times...i like how even though she feels the need to write angst she finds her peace after....

Gabriella Skriver said...

I enjoyed the atmosphere and that feeling of contentment!

Wabi Sabi said...

And it is a poet's job to capture those moments of joy too!

Panchali said...

It's easy to connect...such blissful moments are precious, Susan.

Vandana Sharma said...

relaxing:)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Very interesting tension between the world of poetry and the world the poet lives in - perhaps a little bit of both belongs in the poetry.

grapeling said...

Well, yes. Time to go listen to the trees :)

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I loved the emotional overlay here--the tension between the shoulds and the what exists---It is a blissful place---

Lisa A. Williams said...

Nothing more soothing than a morning amidst the trees. Lovely poem!

awakenedwords said...

so true, poetry for the happy is hard to write and not sound sappy and contrived. It is anguish readers crave.

Poet Laundry said...

Oh. Yes. Love the title too :)

Susan said...

But neither you nor I stick to the tough stuff in our writing and pan solitude. We have richer lives and are luckier in our audiences.

Susan said...

Yes, it is one of the places we are not really alone.

Susan said...

Amen. Happy together!

Susan said...

Absolutely. I think this poem needs that companion piece.

Susan said...

"sold an action movie over our happiness" -- very well phrased. And not my favorite film-fare.

Susan said...

Thank you.

Susan said...

True, true.

Susan said...

Yes. Happy together, holding it together,

Susan said...

Yes. I hope I did that here.

Susan said...

Enjoy your time together.

Susan said...

Thank you, Audrey.

Susan said...

Thank you, Lisa.

Susan said...

Hmm. I wonder. See Brian's comment above.

Susan said...

Thank you!

Sumana Roy said...



thought provoking lines........