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Vendor of Joy: A Poem

Updated on July 30, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

If Joy Could Be Bought---It Was in That Store
If Joy Could Be Bought---It Was in That Store

There was this vendor of joy

in his cute and little store

selling every magic toy

for mind and heart, and so much more.

His customers were rare

curious but reluctant to buy

and hardly few would ever dare

to give a joy a decent try.

He didn't seem to really mind

never advertised his stock

always friendly, calm, and kind

with that smile around the clock.

Even with a grouch or two

who gave his stuff a mocking sneer

he would tell a joke or few

never losing calm and cheer.

Then one day he disappeared

little store was all torn down

many thought that it was weird

as he was nowhere to be found.

Funny, now that he was gone

people missed that happy dude,

some felt even more alone

others talked of a gloomy mood.

Years after he was seen

using goodies he couldn't sell

joyful as he had never been

with every magic potion and every spell.


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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      Linda, my friend---It's a compliment that a fine lady of your intelligence and education has found something in my humble scribblings that made her think. It's not easy to live up to it, but I'll be trying. Thank you.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      John---Any vendor's ambition should include carrying at least a smallest item that would be to the taste of a valued customer like you.

      The door of my little store will always be wide open for you, as wide as will be my smile greeting you.---Your friend Val

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Val, I had read this before but for some reason I didn't comment, or it didn't appear. I only realised after you replied to my comment on another of your hubs that this is actually referring to you and your writing.

      I really hope that you continue to sell your wares of joy here at HubPages. I will always be a customer and try to come to the store more often.

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared an interesting poem and message, Val. As is often the case with your poetry or prose, you've given me something to think about.

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      Vladimir Karas 4 months ago from Canada

      Venkatachari---Thank you for the nice comment. The end of the poem used a mild satire, showing the almost regular fate of a teacher's eagerness to help---people don't really buy his ideas, so he ends up just applying them on himself as he stopped playing a teacher to anyone.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      This one is very much entertaining with some good message to people. I enjoyed this wonderful sale of joy. But, the ending was somewhat disappointing. Thanks for sharing this nice post.