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It Makes Me Happy

Jo is a mom of two stereotypical loud chihuahuas and has no qualm calling out misogyny, racism, and xenophobia.

To All the Things I Love

The soft pitter-patter of paws on the tile floor.
Sunlight bouncing off of water.
Cookies fresh out of the oven.
Cutting into fresh tamales.
A fleece blanket on a rainy day.

Laughing uncontrollably with a group of friends.
My mom's smile when she reunites with all her children.
Old novels found in a a small bookstore.
Street tacos served by Mexican women who call you "m'ija."
Grass under my bare feet on a summer day.

Complete silence while reading.
A photograph showcasing your beauty.
Waking up to pancakes and bacon.
Feeling your lips on my forehead.
My head on your lap as you run your fingers through my hair.

The whistle of a tea kettle.
Scenery from a mountain top.
Homemade chocolate cake with no frosting.
A glass of wine after a long day.
Cuddling with an over sized stuffed bear.

Being read to.
Neighborhoods decorated with Christmas lights.
Lavender flowers in full bloom.
Pan dulce with hot chocolate.
Silk sheets after a shower.

© 2019 Johanna Sanchez


Lorna Lamon on August 25, 2019:

Expressed in such a beautiful way. I always feel it's the simple things in life that make us happiest and your poem is full of this - lovely.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2019:

Beautifully expressed poem. It is so much relatable.

Happiness is a choice and as they say, It’s so simple to be happy. But it’s so difficult to be simple.

Thanks for sharing this nice poem.

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