Charles Darnell

Rookie - 427 Points (01/19/1950 / St Martinsville, Louisiana)

Waiting For Joy - Poem by Charles Darnell

We tell ourselves that it will come.
It will descend upon us
While we are busy
Or simply laying about,
Bestowed like a crown,
A reward for patience.

Or, we seek it in others,
To suck out,
Like juice from a peach,
Dependent on the energy
Or whim of the loved.

In truth, we make our own.
We find it in ourselves,
In our nature and in our actions.
Focus on where you
Find happiness,
For joy lies near by.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem recently won first place in the 'On Fire' online poetry competition in Bangalore, India.

Comments about Waiting For Joy by Charles Darnell

  • Charles Darnell Charles Darnell (7/2/2016 6:00:00 AM)


    Ha! No, Bri.....I didn't go to India. Too far and too rxpensive for a pat on the back and a paper certificate. Poet currency! (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards Bri Edwards (7/1/2016 11:33:00 PM)


    nearby? i'm too lazy to check if 'near by' is normally 'allowed'! did you have to go to India to claim the prize? ?

    i find some contentment (see previous comment) on PH. you help with some of it.

    bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards Bri Edwards (6/23/2015 12:34:00 PM)


    this flows so nicely. no rhymes needed. I especially enjoyed the first stanza; that’s how I want joy to come to me: no work on MY part!
    maybe that’s why I don’t think of my life in terms of ‘joy’ NOR ‘happiness’, but, instead, in terms of contentment, which for me is good enough. it HAS TO BE! and usually I have it. ice cream helps! !

    I’ll send to MyPoemList. bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona Queeny Gona (9/27/2013 2:43:00 AM)


    Amazing read. Truly said that joy lies nearby! Happy to see you here dear poet Pal.... (Report) Reply

  • Araliz Washington (9/20/2013 7:57:00 PM)


    Outstanding piece! Thoughtful and well structured! (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul Wahab Abdul (6/2/2013 11:38:00 AM)


    Or, we seek it in others,
    To suck out, ..... here is the heart of the poem... lovely.. i like yr poems..10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 12, 2013


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