Last week at the Canoga Park Art Walk, I had the pleasure of meeting Julie. She’s the type of person who puts out an energetic vibe, and so I was very happy to write a poem for her based on the prompt “happiness.”

“The Happy Poem”

It’s a hard state
to be in, I’ll
give you that–
how can one
in the face of such
harsh fixtures?
Simple, really: that
you are here
alive and well enough
to make new connections
with strangers. What more
do we need
when life itself
is such bliss? Uncomplicate
yourself. The rest
will come easy.

  • billimarie
    may 16th 2012


Richard S Guest · May 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM

What a warm and tender tribute. Has Julie read the poem?

    b r · June 4, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Thanks, Richard! Yes, she took the hard copy away with her at an artwalk. She was kind enough to email a picture to me a few days later.

Tammy McLeod · May 25, 2012 at 6:08 AM

What a great poem and even better message. This weekend I shall strive to uncomplicate myself.

    b r · June 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    It certainly is a process…one that I hope will become second nature for us in time.

BarbaraDurazo · March 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

just beautiful!

Victor Sotomayor · October 30, 2013 at 5:45 AM

True words, nicely done, Billimarie

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