Guest poem sent in by Hemant R. Mohapatra ... Many Many thanks to a close friend Salima Virani for introducing me to this truly enlightening piece.
(Poem #1099) Happiness
So early it's still almost dark out. I'm near the window with coffee, and the usual early morning stuff that passes for thought. When I see the boy and his friend walking up the road to deliver the newspaper. They wear caps and sweaters, and one boy has a bag over his shoulder. They are so happy they aren't saying anything, these boys. I think if they could, they would take each other's arm. It's early in the morning, and they are doing this thing together. They come on, slowly. The sky is taking on light, though the moon still hangs pale over the water. Such beauty that for a minute death and ambition, even love, doesn't enter into this. Happiness. It comes on unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really, any early morning talk about it.
I've always believed in the philosophy that happiness is not something you can bump into walking back from work one fine evening. No! I believe you have to search for it. It is necessary to look for it in every nook and cranny of your daily life to finally get (to) it. Happiness is ephemeral and needs to be savoured till as long as it lasts. What might seem to be just a chore to someone could be the source of a world of joy to someone else. I, personally, find myself capable of absorbing a lot of happiness and joy by watching glowworms silently emitting a glum light on a dark night. The way everything seems to look eerie and unfamiliar on a moonlight trek is another example. In fact, I think it's hard to imagine life without having the ability to feel one with the world watching a clear star spangled nightsky. The poem I've chosen for submission looks at happiness in a similar light. Those who are familiar with `Peanuts' would instantly recognize the resemblances with the 'Happiness is a warm Puppy' series. Nowhere does the poem talk about meeting old friends, or earning a lot of money or loving/`being loved by' someone. This happiness has transcended those borders and gone way beyond the limited vocabulary of a human (Still, the poet has done a great job going about it). All it talks about is a cold wintery morning with two kids struggling to deliver earlymorning newspapers. Happiness, it seems, does come on unexpectedly and goes way beyond any mode of expression. This is one search we all owe to ourselves. ./hemant Links: Carver biography and poems: [broken link] http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/carver/