James B. Earley

Rookie - 883 Points (5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

A Dream...Deferred.........Perhaps


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

Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2008
Edited: Monday, June 03, 2013

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  • Rookie - 125 Points 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

  • Rookie Tamika Stubblefield (1/20/2010 11:06:00 AM)

    Or perhaps not...it is within our grasp
    And you have so eloquently written! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Irene Clark-hogg (8/12/2009 7:31:00 PM)

    A lovely poem my friend.
    Is happiness not the contentment you have found?
    Irene (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vaibhav Pandey (3/25/2009 12:53:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie Linda Moore (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

  • Rookie Cia Frizzell (7/17/2008 10:05:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie Jolenish Fiber (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

  • Rookie - 2 Points Shelley L Baxter-Stanley (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.
    10++
    Keep sharing
    Shelley (Report) Reply

  • Rookie V F (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

  • Rookie Sue Crocker (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 (Report) Reply

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