Critics of Happiness
Evey Bumbaca, Fall 2015
Liberating and just;
Not given but received-
By potential of oneself.
Making crutches feel weak;
Saying no to frivolous desire.
Being mindful of action,
Culling folk over ill.
Being remarked and remarking
Deeds of gross price.
Making dependents more ‘in’
Sheer joy of positive balance-
Temporary and gratifying, in checks and spent.
Being a thought each day, by one or many
Maintaining subsistence of needed and not-
And enjoying every second of them.
Instantly gratifying, in lust and movement-
Perceiving short minutes as enduring one
Able to starve conscience of neighboring influence
Unable to release the constant penetration
Has this turned mad?
It’s art’s ability to define a mood
A personal library of songs-
Or collection of poems–
‘Wedding vows’ or ‘drinking songs’
Whatever it may be,
‘This stuff feels so good’,
These simple little words.
A bouquet of words and actions,
Which resonates within.
To care and be cared-
Turning cents into gold.
But not without the realization that just like money,
These also don’t endure.
Being free of a Hannibal
Whose incessant commands do nothing but torment?
Rid authority with useful body
Assuring good health and tact
Saying No to those snakes!
Who constrict your name,
Then break loose of those forces,
That brought nothing but shame.
An un-bargained feeling
That notifies the brain
The depth of this love
A beautiful stain
Recognizing someone as an emblem
Of grace in true form
It’s the peculiar reminder that
Finesse will not scorn.
Understanding that kindness isn’t easily attained
But clearly it’s attainable.
Using an inherent energy
To create someone better than you.
The risk of madness as disease-
Losing its momentary beauty
Using dense, wordy speech to prove junk
That everyone thinks is true.
Fooling can feel fun
If zealous enough to try.
Lastly, Happiness is–
An allowance of complexities,
Given at one’s expense
To make of it what they choose,
A fine part of living.
But what happiness is literally defined as–
That much needed definition:
‘The state of being happy.’
Does that sound better?
*I do not take credit for this pic! Google Images iceland.4.days