James B. Earley

Silver Star - 4,103 Points (5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

A Dream...Deferred.........Perhaps - Poem by James B. Earley

Is happiness...an illusion
...On the wings of time
Sought...and pursued...
Though impossible..to find

....That infinite mirage
One....cannot clasp...
An elusive...emotion
Beyond....the grasp

A fleeting...apparition
.....Or...does it exist...
Some cruel hoax of nature
.....Or a spiritual....twist

Whatever......the answer
.....Satisfaction....I take
In that measure..of comfort...
Only contentment...can make

Author's Note:
"Are you happy? '
'I am content.'
'What is the difference? '
'Between happiness and contentment? Ah, there you have me. It is not easy to put into words. Contentment is a state of mind and body when the two work in harmony, and there is no friction. The mind is at peace, and the body also. The two are sufficient to themselves. Happiness is elusive- coming perhaps once in a life-time- and approaching ecstasy.'
'Not a continuous thing, like contentment? '
'No, not a continuous thing. But there are, after all, degrees of happiness."
― Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman's Creek

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness

Comments about A Dream...Deferred.........Perhaps by James B. Earley

  • Romeo Della Valle (4/22/2012 9:47:00 PM)

    Speechless! An impressive write full of poignant words and rich imagery! This is a powerful and thought provoking write that clearly shows your broad mind by raising questions that would make the readers think deeply! It reminds me of the poem wrote titled: In the Pursuit of Happiness! Thank you for sharing and keep it up! Mr. James B. Earley, it has been an honor to read and enjoy this write! God Bless You! Love and Peace for always! Romeo from New York City! (Report) Reply

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  • (1/20/2010 11:06:00 AM)

    Or perhaps not...it is within our grasp
    And you have so eloquently written!
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  • (8/12/2009 7:31:00 PM)

    A lovely poem my friend.
    Is happiness not the contentment you have found?
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  • (3/25/2009 12:53:00 AM)

    brilliant poem sir..with a unique style...I love it...10 (Report) Reply

  • (2/17/2009 9:47:00 PM)

    This is really a great poem, it ask a question that concerns us all most of the time. I have come to think we do not really find Happiness we have to choose to be Happy. I really like the way you write a Poem....10 (Report) Reply

  • (7/17/2008 10:05:00 PM)

    i never considered happiness a reasonable goal... on a good day, i aim for content... (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2008 1:38:00 PM)

    thank you for your comment on skin. i piked this one from your list just now becaue i wonder the same thing sometimes. is it, or isn't it? i think both occur, but not simultaneously. i like how you wrote it with words that flow and connect, no sloppiness. well said. (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2008 1:50:00 PM)

    Oh my goodness, I love this one...it is so true.It is funny it seems all I do usually is tell you how you write with such truth and vision, smile! I thank you James for sharing with us.
    Keep sharing
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  • (4/14/2008 3:46:00 AM)

    call it a law of economics or whatever.. but if there is a high.. there is always a low n vice versa.. one wonders then.. would that make 'the eye of the storm' the best place to be? ... a place of nothingness... (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2008 5:49:00 PM)

    Happiness is no illusion
    But an emotional feeling
    It can make you smile
    And send your senses reeling

    It can make you aware
    It can give you hope
    For happiness gives us
    A reason to cope.

    Loved this write. Well done. Sue x
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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