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Happiness Not Shared: A Satirical Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.

Happy and miserable folks sometimes look like two different species.

Happy and miserable folks sometimes look like two different species.

The only way to avoid misery is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

-- Bernard Shaw

Sometimes I feel on top of the world

eager to share it with every living soul

but witnessing others in misery curled

and not to touch me with ten foot pole.


So many don't get animated by you

when they see you happy and aglow

they'd rather see you pissed and blue

that's what their eyes oftentimes show.


Should I feel guilty for my every smile

for feeling light like a birthday balloon

at times I envision all grouches on pile

and with first rocket sent to the moon.


Those friends of my geezers age group

talk about injustices, politics, alike crap

if it isn't arthritis, it's report on their poop

well, that's about all that they usually yap.


Happiness is something like forbidden theme

laughing always sounding somewhat fake

making me feel as outsider from team

but I play along for comradery sake.


Well, nothing really there to criticize or curse

but that satirist in me has the views of his own

so that familiar saying could be said in a reverse

"cry and all cry with you, laugh and you laugh alone".


Regardless, I keep having my solo fun

with every flower, baby, and a blue sky

basking my happy heart in summer sun

borrowing wings of a carefree butterfly.

© 2022 Val Karas