#Writephoto – What is happiness? A poem

What is happiness?

Can it ever be found

by a turbulent spirit

in perpetual motion?

Eyes that see to much

Ears that hear to much

Nerves that sense to much

A heart that feels to much

Is happiness the tranquility

of a mind at rest?

Undisturbed by the debris

of our media destruction

societal polarization

religious fragmentation and

corporate domination

Is happiness tangible

like a wallet full of money?

Could I catch it in my hands

like a ball round and smooth?

Or will it run through my fingers

like a wave on the shore?

Is intellectual prowess

and the mind that probes

the antithesis of that favoured stated

called happiness?

Could someone help please

and give me some clarity?

By Roberta Eaton

This poem is written for Sue Vincent’s weekly photograph challenge. You can join in the fun here: https://scvincent.com/2019/07/18/thursday-photo-prompt-clarity-writephoto/

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49 thoughts on “#Writephoto – What is happiness? A poem

      1. Oh! Robbie the problems of writing when you’re tired , there are three glaring typos in the little verse it should read .
        “Happiness is an elemental
        Like earth wind and fire
        It is a state to which we all aspire.
        Sadly most of us get lost within the mire.
        Though not you sweet Robbie .
        I have to be honest.

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  1. I like your poem and question, Robbie. I thought about the difference between happiness and joy. I knew that for a long time I wasn’t happy but I had joy and was thankful.

    Here is a little reference I found: When happiness is present, it is larger than life. Nothing seems better or worthy of attention. But happiness can be present for weeks on end and gone in an instant. Joy is constant, it’s deeper.

    It’s almost like happiness is sugar and joy is honey. πŸ™‚

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  2. powerful reflection and questions which have engaged many interesting comments!

    we all know joy but our expectations and worldly distractions sabotage real happiness. It is about about being content with who we are, where we are and what we have.

    I sincerely believe that we have to quiet our mind/heart, be still and listen to the wisdom and kindness within to establish deeper more lasting happiness. A state that stays no matter the lemons that life throws us .. that very stable and real happiness is elusive to the average person.

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  3. I think there are as many definitions for happiness as there are for love.
    Pretty much to each their own. Especially if they can be so without harming or defaming another.
    To some working in what ever field, farm or ordered text is happiness.
    Others enjoy crowded venues witnessing someone famous…
    Me I’m happy with quiet creative solitude. Which can come in many forms.
    I’m also happy just being with the people who I know I can trust.

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    1. You are fortunate to find happiness. I find it difficult to find happiness because I question everything to much and see so much greed and usury in the world. I am happy with my sons, but I also need other things to stimulate my mind.

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