Happiness is… #dVerse Quadrille

Happiness is leaving me:
I got up the other day and thought I felt it but that was only
I took a walk out on the empty streets
left you behind
then I began to feel a lightness, release:
Happiness is leaving you.

© Experimentsinfiction 2020, All Rights Reserved

Written for dVerse Quadrille Monday, hosted by Lillian, who has asked us to include some form of the word ‘happy’ in our 44-word poem. Lillian’s poem, ‘Perky Patty‘ made me think of Peppermint Patty in Peanuts and the song ‘Happiness.’ I changed the lyrics a bit! Thank you Lillian twice over, for both the prompt and the inspiration 🙂

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  1. That’s funny, Ingrid, I thought of Peppermint Patty too! I smiled when I read ‘I got up the other day and thought I felt it but that was only indigestion’ – that’s what my people used to say when I swore I saw my new-born daughter smile. But yes, sometimes we can only find happiness by leaving the things that make us unhappy.

    1. Oh I remember the first smile/indigestion. I think we parents know its a smile 😊. Maybe I was thinking of Alan Bennett when I wrote that line…

  2. I LOVE anything about Charlie Brown….and Peppermint Patty was so fun! Love the photo here…and the idea of thinking happiness has arrived, only to have it be indigestion made me smile, as it did Bjorn. Sometimes the way to happiness is to take a powder…leave the past behind…in this case, a person. May we all find some happiness in our lives this evening! 🙂

  3. “thought I felt it but that was only
    indigestion.” That made me laugh. I always liked that Peppermint Patty had a bit of an attitude.

    I didn’t remember the song, even though my younger daughter was in the musical when she in high school. She sang “My New Philosophy.”

  4. I love this, an exclamation of independence. I’ve walked away from two marriages and a dozen relationships. Then 30 years ago, I got lucky, and found my life partner and happiness.

  5. Yep — often happiness is knowing when to walk away. (as the song says, “You have to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, and when to walk away”) Seems to apply to poker and romance, doesn’t it?

    1. Yes – quite funny how the two are so closely aligned! There are many times I should have walked away and didn’t, until I learned that I too had value as a human being.

    1. Oh thanks Cindy – it was pure blood sweat tears and toil that got me this far 😅 then some people are like ‘I’ve been blogging two months and I have 1000 followers’ – I’m glad for them really 😂

      1. You’re so welcome!!! I do know what you mean but you know, good writing stands out and comes along in the end. I do know what you mean though and I’m not sure that the content always matches the followers for whatever it’s worth.. ❤️❤️❤️

      2. That’s true: what matters to me is not followers but readers, people who actually read what I’m writing and appreciate and engage with it: like you ❤️😊❤️

      3. Yes, I quite agree with you and the content of what you write.. It’s so inspiring.. It’s a joy to read what you write!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. Love this! I agree, happiness is sometimes involved in leaving certain toxic people who want nothing more than to control us. 💝

  7. Clever little poem! I like that the narrator walks the empty streets and transforms. Empty streets are something we would think of as lonesome but it creates a release of sadness. We all need that space at times to find our happiness.

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