16 May 2018

Becoming Happiness

“. . . do not think that the person who is trying to console you
lives effortlessly among the simple, quiet words that sometimes
make you feel better. His life is full of troubles and sadness
and falls far short of them.  But if it were any different
he could never have found the words that he did.” 
― Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet


Intention hasn’t grown
happiness for me—not
like seeds grow into annuals
nor clouds to rain.

But between solitudes,
between pity and fear,
between deluge and drought,
there lies a happy place.

Rising like an island
unexpectedly
in peripheral vision,
it’s not there when sought.

But it invites us in
through faces along the way,
through songs, through sidewalk trees
and through meadow flowers.

And I welcome it like
fresh air and community,
like red rose buds opening
without a whimper, whispering.



For my prompt: Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Happiness




My blog poems are rough drafts. 
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast

17 comments:

annell said...

Yes, happiness can be elusive. Just out of view, when we seek. Then quite unexpected, we remember it was here. A very nice poem, it made me happy.

Sumana Roy said...

Love when happiness rises like an island unexpectedly....It's most welcome in spite of the turbulent seas around....

Robert Bourne said...

an invitation worth waiting for... have a great day...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is so lovely.............my new favourite of yours, my friend. Becoming happiness....it is just this possible.

Panchali said...

"Rising like an island
unexpectedly
in peripheral vision,
it’s not there when sought..." Brilliant! Perhaps, only the mind knows when it makes these connections....it is possible! Beautiful poem, Susan.












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Namratha said...

Yes we do need to imbibe happiness, take it where and when we get it along our way. Lovely write and prompt Susan.

indybev said...

Those moments come along to the heart that's open to accept. So beautifully written.

Old Egg said...

This is such a beautiful poem Susan, I think happiness is like a butterfly that comes to rest on your hand whilst you are sitting in the garden; it delights you but then flys away.

kaykuala said...

And I welcome it like
fresh air and community

Happiness will always be appreciated for which more will come! Very true Susan! It works that way. Acknowledging it opens the door wider!

Hank

Sara McNulty said...

Happiness is elusive most of the time. It is nice when it pops out at you.

Truedessa said...

I think happiness can rise like an island, unexpectedly. I think there is hidden joy and happiness just waiting for discovery.

Thotpurge said...

Unexpected burst of happiness ... that moment of joy that can fade away just as unexpectedly.. yet it makes life worthwhile...

rallentanda said...

Happiness is everywhere fleeting and elusive in faces meadow flowers and nature. Lovely poem.

Kim Russell said...

Yes, happiness is often a surprise and does come
'...between solitudes,
between pity and fear,
between deluge and drought'.
Beautifully expressed, Susan, especially:
'Rising like an island
unexpectedly
in peripheral vision'.

Myra said...

Love this poem, Susan.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I welcome it with open arms and heart when I can find it! Wonderful words and prompt, Susan! Your prompt and all these happy poems made me happy today. Big hug!

Samyuktha Jayaprakash said...

Lovely visuals. The problem seems to be identifying it when it does come along..and you have captured it so well!