Ghada Shahbender

Rookie - 1 Points (27th March 1962 / Cairo, Egypt)

I Want To Write Happy Poetry - Poem by Ghada Shahbender

I want to write happy poetry
For people are by nature meant to be happy

I want to tell of my son’s warm embrace
and of my daughter in love
and the bliss of
her naiveté.

Of going to a henna party for a bride to be
Of her friends in outrageous outfits
dancing and carefree
Of her grandmother’s apparently disapproving
but inwardly as proud as can be.
Of traditional trills and henna etchings
And neighbors watching from their balcony.

Of my cousin in labor
And the arrival of little Ali

Of playful dolphins
And the warm waters of the Red Sea

Of nights of typing and hard work
And finally getting my Masters degree

I want to count blessings and flaunt happiness
And hang it all out for everyone to see

But then a dark memory blocks the sunshine
And its melancholic showers drench me


Comments about I Want To Write Happy Poetry by Ghada Shahbender

  • (5/26/2005 6:22:00 AM)


    hi ghada.life is simple. colourfull. and easy to live. we make it complicated ourselves.
    but do not forget: joy and happyness are limited but sorrow and sadness do not know any limit.
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  • (5/19/2005 7:46:00 AM)


    I can't help it Mary. The last two lines have this ugly habit of showing up! Thanks for your comments. GS (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2005 7:36:00 AM)


    Well, up untill the last two lines this was a happy poem. I enjoyed it very much Ghada. I love reading your work. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 19, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 19, 2005


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