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Happiness (Reconsidered) - Poem by Judith Viorst

Happiness
Is a clean bill of health from the doctor,
And the kids shouldn't move back home for
more than a year,
And not being audited, overdrawn, in Wilkes-Barre,
in a lawsuit or in traction.

Happiness
Is falling asleep without Valium,
And having two breasts to put in my brassiere,
And not (yet) needing to get my blood pressure lowered,
my eyelids raised or a second opinion.

And on Saturday nights
When my husband and I have rented
Something with Fred Astaire for the VCR,
And we're sitting around in our robes discussing,
The state of the world, back exercises, our Keoghs,
And whether to fix the transmission or buy a new car,
And we're eating a pint of rum-raisin ice cream
on the grounds that
Tomorrow we're starting a diet of fish, fruit and grain,
And my dad's in Miami dating a very nice widow,
And no one we love is in serious trouble or pain,
And our bringing-up-baby days are far behind us,
But our senior-citizen days have not begun,
It's not what I called happiness
When I was twenty-one,
But it's turning out to be
What happiness is.


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Poems About Happiness

  1. 1. Happiness (Reconsidered) , Judith Viorst
  2. 2. Happiness , Louise Gluck
  3. 3. Happiness , Stevie Smith
  4. 4. Happiness , Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu
  5. 5. Happiness , Jane Kenyon
  6. 6. Happiness , Alan Alexander Milne
  7. 7. Happiness , Carl Sandburg
  8. 8. Happiness , Wilfred Owen
  9. 9. Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anypl.. , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  10. 10. Innermost Happiness , Ernestine Northover
  11. 11. Love, Your Happiness Is My Happiness..... , Ravi Sathasivam
  12. 12. Happiness And Vision , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  13. 13. Happiness , George Savige
  14. 14. Happiness , Scarlet .....
  15. 15. Such Is The Force Of Happiness , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. Happiness , Colin Ian Jeffery
  17. 17. Happiness , Hemakumar Nanayakkara
  18. 18. Happiness , Nesean Coombs
  19. 19. Is Happiness Worth All The Pain Of Getti.. , Scarlet .....
  20. 20. Ode To Happiness , Naomi Burdett
  21. 21. What Happiness Is , Sam Byron
  22. 22. Happiness-The Feeling , Scarlet .....
  23. 23. Maze Of Happiness , Joey Nissen
  24. 24. Happiness Is Not Comforts , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  25. 25. # Happiness , Mamta Agarwal
  26. 26. True Happiness , Gabriell Davis
  27. 27. Happiness , Luci Loughlin
  28. 28. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  29. 29. Complete Happiness , Ernestine Northover
  30. 30. She Of The Heavenly Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  31. 31. Contentment Is The Core To Happiness , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  32. 32. .happiness Borrowed , Vidyadhar Durgekar
  33. 33. Happiness , Pam Fraser
  34. 34. Happiness , Lonnie Hicks
  35. 35. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 56: The Possibi.. , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Warped Happiness , Uriah Hamilton
  37. 37. 963: Peace N Happiness Wish... , Amit Biswas
  38. 38. A Bouquet Of Happiness , Seema Chowdhury
  39. 39. Happiness , ~ cari$ma ~ Dewan
  40. 40. Little Happiness , Seema Chowdhury
  41. 41. After All This- Happiness , Lonnie Hicks
  42. 42. The Happiness , Jack Hirschman
  43. 43. Happiness , Old Teenage Poems
  44. 44. My Happiness Is....... , Ernestine Northover
  45. 45. Open The Door Of Happiness , Seema Chowdhury
  46. 46. Happiness , Israh Sadan
  47. 47. Happiness , Sean Norris
  48. 48. Happiness , Natasa Tocuc
  49. 49. Orgasms And Happiness , Byron Headrick
  50. 50. A Lesson Of Life (Happiness) , Ahmad Shiddiqi

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