Almost Happy

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A rocky stream in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

A rocky stream in the U.S. state of Hawaii. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the one and only poem worth keeping from any writing related class I took in college, roughly 5 years ago. Rhyming is definitely not my strong point, but this piece struck me as extraordinarily above average.

ALMOST HAPPY

It’s a beautiful day—
I love the fall weather.
Too cool for a T-shirt,
Too warm for a sweater.

The sun is shining,
And there’s a glorious breeze.
The sight is so breathtaking—
Gorgeous orange leaves.

As the water trickles,
Down the wondrous stream,
My heart is soothed—
I begin to gleam.

It’s been so long
Since I’ve been so calm.
The sound of the water
Plays my heart’s song.

I wouldn’t trade this feeling—
Not even for the world.
The peacefulness is priceless—
Worth more than pure gold.

The sound of the birds,
As they twitter and twatter.
The frog on the lillypad—
The slightest splatter.

I will remember—
Everything about this time.
For I’m ALMOST happy,
But I just want to cry.

My soul is at rest,
For once in my life.
Away from my sorrow,
Self-pity, and strife.

I’m so afraid of losing this moment—
I can barely speak my thoughts.
I think that’s my spirit washing away—
With the water, down the rocks.

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About AmbleDamsel

Truthfully, I’m writing this blog because I’m too much of a wimp to share my poems with most people I know. I’m hoping this blog will be a way to get honest feedback about them, without offending anyone. I generally prefer to write privately, and with pen and paper. There’s just something much more therapeutic & enjoyable about actually handwriting something–a better feeling than any lousy keyboard could ever give me! People who inspire me: John Lennon, Keri Smith, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Conor Oberst, Ethel Kennedy, Brooks Strause, Charles Bukowski, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, Charles Dickens, Henry Darger, and Orly Avineri.

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