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Happiness

By John I. Blair

If happiness
is being married to
my best friend

As that old stitchery
on my bedroom wall
proclaims

Then what is
being widowed, left
behind?

Is it not another face
of happiness,
the face that grieves

And yet is
in its quiet way
no less happy?

Just not the smiling kind.

2016 John I. Blair


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