Ode to Joy

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Happiness
is a will`o`the`wisp
here today gone tomorrow
Or perhaps the humming`bird
at my feeder Feasts without landing
simply stabs nectar mid`flight
on those miraculous wings
and then disappears
into joy

Joy now
is a different matter
Joy finds a room in your heart
moves in and builds herself a nest
The Black`Capped`Chickadee living
in the cedar birdhouse you’ve built
shut’ling seeds to her fledglings
pausing long enough
to whistle

“The tincture of life most rarely found in art is happiness.” ~ Mona Simpson

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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10 Responses to Ode to Joy

  1. you lift spirits with this – thank you

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  2. Morgan says:

    we so need this these days. Thank you Paul!

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  3. Reminded me again of ‘Surprised by Joy’ by C S Lewis

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  4. I love the distinction between happiness and joy. Joy is the real deal: something long-lasting and life-affirming. Happiness, as you point out, is fleeting. Unfortunately, too many try to sell us happiness these days, telling us it’s the one and only thing we should pursue at all costs. Even more unfortunately, too many of us buy into the lie.

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  5. I, too, enjoyed the distinction you make between happiness and joy. It is a bit like the difference between a mood and a way of life. I often need to remember that just as happiness is fleeting so is discomfort but joy can last through the peaks and valleys of both. Lovely poem with beautiful images to express the abstract.

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