June Stepansky


Exploring Happiness #36- Hemingway And Sylvia Plath - Poem by June Stepansky

Hemingway failed.
Sylvia Plath failed.
They dug into a rich vein,
and came up empty.
That inward journey
should have led
past terrifying crevasses
toward light.

Somewhere
they took a wrong turn,
followed a path
which led to the brink
and beyond.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Fame, wealth, travel, excitement do not always result in happiness. Hemingway and Sylvia Plath, who achieved many of these goals, still could not feel enough happiness to make their lives worth continuing.
The ability to enjoy is the very special ability to be able to find joy in small as well as large pleasures, so that when some of our more exciting moments are no longer available to us, we can still take pleasure in those small daily joys that we sometimes take for granted in our rush for more and different experiences.
As we go through whatever fate has planned for us, we can always count on the support of these small available joys—
an embrace, a book, a good dinner, child’s smile, and the many other small pleasures of life which make our lives more joyful and well worth living.

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I’ve never forgotten for long at a time
that living is a struggle.
Thornton Wilder

The extent of your consciousness is limited
only by your ability to love and to embrace
with your love the space around you
and all it contains.
Ken Carey

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 25, 2013


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