Treasure Island

Barbara Lynn Terry

(August 14,1948 / Des Moines, Iowa USA)

Happiness Is...


Happiness is an ice cream cone
with a chocolate coating,
and lots and lots of sprinkles.
Happiness is a child’s laughter.
Happiness is two people holding hands
while walking dreamily in the park.
Happiness is two people in love.
Happiness is the splashing of the waves
while sitting under the stars on the beach.
Happiness is the sounds of a carnival,
with rides, laughter, and games.
Happiness is winning a teddy bear
from the dart game at the fair.
Happiness is a smile
on a cloudy, dreary day.
Happiness is helping someone
from deep in your heart.
Happiness is dining out at a very
special place, on a very special day.
Happiness is saying, “I do.”
Happiness is catching the bridal bouquet.
Happiness is a leisurely Sunday drive
down a peaceful country road.
Happiness is all of this
and much, much more.
Happiness is in your mind,
and what you make of it.

Submitted: Monday, April 07, 2008
Edited: Thursday, May 05, 2011

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  • Juliauna Maddux (7/20/2010 1:23:00 AM)

    I absolutely love this piece, happiness is what you make it. My perspective of happiness can be completely different from what others believe happiness to be. Heck, sitting in a dress in the middle of a storm is a form of happiness to me lol. Some people may agree, others may think i am coo coo, but in the end its what i think, and thats what counts.
    i really enjoyed reading this, it brought my mood up from what it was. Thank you =)

    ~Juliauna (Jayjay) (Report) Reply

  • Cindy Kreiner Sera (4/26/2009 12:44:00 PM)

    Like wind chimes in the breeze, your words sing out in happiness and you bring out the sun...., it is what we make out of it IF only we would stop and smell the roses- well done Barbara, def. a Choc cone for me tonight ;)) (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (4/16/2008 4:22:00 PM)

    That is very true, Barbara. There are so many things to be happy about
    that hopefully outweigh the sad things. Sometimes we just have to make
    our own list and concentrate on it. Very uplifting, thanks!

    Warm Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (4/7/2008 7:27:00 PM)

    Happiness, is reading a poem, that leaves a smile on a readers face....And that's
    what this poem did to this reader...and i'm happy about it! ONE CHOCOLATE CONE...WITH CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES TO GO, PLEASE......!

    ~ FjR ~
    ..2008.. (Report) Reply

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