In Search of Happiness – A collaborative poem by Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess and Kristian of Tales from the Mind of Kristian.

What is this thing called Happiness?

I search and search, but I confess

That some days of searching high and low,

it feels as if,  happiness is suppressed

No matter where I am, how far I go.

Feeling Lonely, lost and dispossessed. 

My heart, mind, body, and soul often thinks, is this a test?

I know happiness is out there, I have to believe.

but while I endlessly search without sleep or rest, 

this cruel world is ever ready to deceive. 

Though challenges are around every corner,

the search for the secret to happiness must be achieved.

Or is life just a meaningless empty space?

God’s creative vision totally misconceived?

This questioning in my mind is a disgrace,

God would never allow me to continue being this peeved.

Yet when the darkness holds me in its embrace,

I cannot but feel bitterly aggrieved. 

With gritted teeth, I become red in the face,

Am I worthy of happiness to be received?

and yet, before I fall and sink without a trace

a ray of hope lifts me, a miracle to be believed. 

This warm fuzzy feeling as if my heart is being embraced,

a feeling washes over me, I hope I’m not being teased.

As happiness emerges from a forgotten deep place

The tormenting brooding darkness is finally eased. 

God lent his hands and darkest clouds soon were erased

The sunlight poured through and the negativity soon ceased.

For now, the battle ends leaving just an aftertaste

I have fought off once again that dark depressive beast. 

There is light at this terribly long tunnel, and so I race

my longing for happiness, my running towards it increased.

I discover, at last, that life is a mad steeplechase

and this thing called happiness is like a strange feast. 

 

Beckie and I have been passing this poem backwards and forwards taking it in turns to write additional lines. I think it has worked out really well. Many of you may have followed the process all along, but it is nice to have it all together in one place.

I am so proud of this poem that Beckie and I have created, we worked really well together and made a great team.

I hope you like this poem.

 

A collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess – In search of Happiness.

Beckie and I are going to work collaboratively on writing a poem. I said I would start the ball rolling with two lines, then pass it on to her and we’ll bat it back and forth until we feel it is finished.

So here is the beginning:

What is this thing called Happiness?

I search and search, but I confess…..

Ok, Beckie, my friend, over to you. 🙂

Beckie has added:

That some days of searching high and low,

it feels as if,  happiness is suppressed

My addition:

No matter where I am, how far I go.

Feeling Lonely, lost and dispossessed. 

Beckie’s addition:

My heart, mind, body, and soul often thinks, is this a test?

I know happiness is out there, I have to believe.

My next lines:

but while I endlessly search without sleep or rest, 

this cruel world is ever ready to deceive. 

 

Beckie’s next lines:

Though challenges are around every corner,

the search for the secret to happiness must be achieved.

My next bit:

 

Or is life just a meaningless empty space?

God’s creative vision totally misconceived?

From Beckie:

This questioning in my mind is a disgrace,

God would never allow me to continue being this peeved.

 

And from me:

 

Yet when the darkness holds me in its embrace,

I cannot but feel bitterly aggrieved. 

From Beckie:

With gritted teeth, I become red in the face,

Am I worthy of happiness to be received?

 

From Me:

and yet, before I fall and sink without a trace

a ray of hope lifts me, a miracle to be believed. 

 

From Beckie:

This warm fuzzy feeling as if my heart is being embraced,

a feeling washes over me, I hope I’m not being teased.

my next bit:

As happiness emerges from a forgotten deep place

The tormenting brooding darkness is finally eased. 

 

Beckie’s Part:

God lent his hands and darkest clouds soon were erased

The sunlight poured through and the negativity soon ceased.

 

My addition: 

For now, the battle ends leaving just an aftertaste

I have fought off once again that dark depressive beast. 

 

Beckie’s next bit:

There is light at this terribly long tunnel, and so I race

my longing for happiness, my running towards it increased.

 

And my last bit:

I discover, at last, that life is a mad steeplechase

and this thing called happiness is like a strange feast. 

 

 

A Collaboration With Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” In Search of Happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.1 Quote Me! Topic: Happiness

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I have been tagged by the fantastic Beckie of the blog Beckie’s Mental Mess, to take part in this 321 quote challenge. Click on the link below to see her post.

3.2.1 Quote Me! Topic: Happiness 😁

The 3.2.1 Quote Me challenges were created by Rory, A Guy Called bloke, check out his blog post here:

321 Quote Me – Happiness

 

Thank you, Beckie, for tagging me. 🙂

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

The Topic is Happiness.

What is happiness? It is a feeling of contentment caused when your mental health is good and you acknowledge that you have acquired or achieved something that makes you happy, or you realise that there is no reason to be unhappy. It is a mental attitude and it can be a choice, however, for someone suffering depression, this is not something that happens quite as well. So, In quoting Aeschylus below, I acknowledge that for some of us, simply choosing to be happy, doesn’t quite work as well.

 

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. - Aeschylus

 

“Money or things can’t buy you happiness, they can only provide a level of misery you can live with. “

 

I would also like to share with you a song lyric/poem that I wrote a while ago. It’s called Happiness:

Happiness.

When will I find Happiness?

I try to keep hopeful, but I confess

I have almost given up

Dreaming, hoping of the day

When I will find

Someone to love me, who is kind.

 

Happiness, I admit it, I am in Distress

The time left to me is getting less

Do I still have the chance

Of attracting someone nice?

Am I too Old?

Will I be left out in the cold?

 

When I was young I played the fool

Thought settling down was just uncool

But now I know I wasted time.

Looking back, I’ve passed my prime.

Will I ever find what I am looking for?

Or will I continue living without…..

 

Happiness. When will I find Happiness?

I feel my life is such a shameful mess.

And yet, somehow, I know

There is always tomorrow,

and I will find,

The one for me is, in my mind

and I’ll find happiness.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 30/May/2019

 

So who shall I tag?

https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/an-ice-cream-memory/

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/full-of-hope-based-on-solid-reasons/

Vitamin D, Let the Sunshine In

 

Have fun. 🙂

 

Things that Make me Happy – A short poem

This poem was written in response to a challenge set by Esther Chilton. See link below:

https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/i-challenge-you-to-29/comment-page-1/#comment-14328

The challenge is to write a short story, poem or limerick about the things that make you happy.

Well here is my attempt:

 

An adventure to explore beyond my front door.

A place to call home when I’ve finished my roam.

My wonderful friends to make amends

for those hateful few, who spoil the crew.

It’s these simple things that somehow brings,

Though they may be small, the most happiness of all.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 30/August/2018