Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

Can You Really Get ''High'' On Life? - Poem by Mary Nagy

I'm tired of them asking ''What is it that you're on? ''
Why can't I just be happy with this life I've stumbled on?

My brother says that with each day he sees me it is worse.
He says he thinks my happiness is sorta like a curse.

He says he fears I'm losing touch with harsh reality.
I don't see what the problem is to live your life carefree.

So what if I start laughing when I hear a funny word?
Who cares if I can sit for hours to see a hummingbird?

He says ''Life isn't like that, it's ugly and it hurts.''
Yet, when this trouble looks at me, my soul's eye just averts.

I see the pain and heartache, I hear the hollow moan.
No one feels it more than me and sure, I've felt alone.

I just don't choose to dwell there, in sadness and in fear.
I have to see the good in things so I can persevere.

Comments about Can You Really Get ''High'' On Life? by Mary Nagy

  • (3/1/2006 2:10:00 PM)

    Absolute Bliss this one .Why look for life in the dark when you can see it
    in the light.Amazing this Mary.We need this.! Love Duncan
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  • (2/9/2006 9:42:00 AM)

    Ooops, I stumbled into our mirrored life again. I have had friends ask me 'how can you be so happy when - - - - - is going wrong in your life? ' I just look at them and tell them that I refuse to dwell in that mess, but to rise above it.' Of course they call me Pollyanna, but I don't care - I'm happier than they are! (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2006 1:49:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I wish there were a lot of people who would read it. Of course, my friend's dogs who I walk regularly, don't need to read it, because they know how to enjoy life! ! (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2006 5:04:00 AM)

    How did I miss this lovely poem - goodness, truth and beauty shine from it. And so tender with it too. Get out there with your reading, girl, and the world should thank you for being you as I do! Michael (Report) Reply

  • (1/12/2006 11:57:00 AM)

    Thanks Mary, the good things comfort me too (Report) Reply

  • Peter Lebuhn (1/5/2006 3:59:00 PM)

    Hi Mary
    Its Peter This is so true
    I dont drink, smoke, no drugs
    I am happy in the moment and what God has given me
    We all should get high on life we would be much better off
    10 from me
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  • (1/3/2006 8:38:00 PM)

    I get 'high' off life everyday.
    Love the positive vibe of this.
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  • (11/8/2005 4:41:00 AM)

    positive positive positive, you make me smile, nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/11/2005 2:17:00 AM)

    Well said with this one like all your other poems. I've enjoyed all that I've read thus far. Please bless us with more. Sincerely, Bridget (Report) Reply

  • (10/8/2005 9:00:00 PM)

    Mary, I find it both ironic and wonderful that this poem follows 'Can A Mom...' (alphabetically, I know probably a coincidence) . Next time you feel down, reread this one. Very inspiring! (Report) Reply

  • Egal Bohen (9/26/2005 2:47:00 PM)

    I like this one very much - it carries a very important message to me - we need to keep things in perspective - I love happy people, but we all still have feelings, and may be sad for a little while. The answer is, as you rightly say, not to live there! Great poem.

    Egal Bohen...
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  • (9/24/2005 10:21:00 PM)

    hey mary! i saw your comment on my site and i wanted to check you out. i totally dig your work. this poem is pretty much my philosophy of life and you nailed it. hope to hear from you sooN! <3 Miranda (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2005 9:06:00 AM)

    Really enjoyed this one. Everyone should be allowed to let their hair down, kick off their shoes, and be on a general high about nothing in particular. =) (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2005 8:52:00 AM)

    Mary-You have described with perfect clarity this writer's life. I can relate to so much of what you have written here. My orientation to life is such that I look for a poem in everything around me. This of course leads to my feeling of 'being high on life'. Excellent poem, Mary. I loved it.

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  • Theorem Thetruthserum (9/24/2005 8:24:00 AM)

    Yes this is a good one...I'm the carefree type too that tries not to dwell because there are so many things to dwell on. I'm the one walking around with a smile. I'm the one at work who cheers everyone up. This one hits close top the heart and now I'm happy that I am this way. Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2005 9:30:00 PM)

    You found the perfect word.
    Great poem got greater.
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  • (9/23/2005 9:08:00 PM)

    Beautiful, Mary. There is a small stumble in the third stanza, if you add one syllable before reality (plain, stark, sheer) it will work.
    Nitpicking me.
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  • (9/23/2005 8:53:00 PM)

    Who believed more in life than Walt Whitman? God Bless you, Mary! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 23, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, January 5, 2007

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