fools of happiness.

slumber, my fingers pull
over mind, a drowning of us,
an open dance, mindlessness evermore;

winter’s wounds deny, disown madness,
it is afar from where we left, grieved,
the salvation into the abyssal tongue
alone, in thalassic sway

whilst we are fools of happiness.

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Written for the dVerse prompt: Write a quadrille (a poem of EXACTLY 44 words, not including the title) AND include the word “happiness”.




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  1. A dark kind of happiness, Lucy, in that open dance. Maybe dancing is the only way to forget one’s foolishness.

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  2. I almost feel that fools of happiness are the result of medicine against all the darkness you describe before. Maybe we need to be numbed by the smile

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  3. I like how the title becomes the ending….a circle…fools of happiness…an induced state?

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  4. Ooh, now this is mesmerising. I guess that’s what happens to fools of happiness…

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  5. To have that temporary respite, even foolishly, might be worth it.
    I can imagine people trying to find some joy in the midst of war.

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    • I think it can be a choice, at times. 🙂

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      • We can certainly choose to ignore what ought to make us unhappy. Is that the same thing as choosing happiness? Asking for a friend 🙂

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      • I don’t think so. I think choosing to ignore what makes us unhappy can be damaging–if it is ignoring, suppressing, or denying the existence of the issue and the issue itself that causes unhappiness.

        I think the choice to happiness means recognizing these issues that often lead to unhappiness. I think it’s making a choice in trying to let go and be free in a moment, thus not letting what makes us unhappy plague us in that very moment. If choosing happiness, then it means that while a memory or situation can bother me, I have the power to let it change my perspective or it has the power to change my mood and my feelings.

        I don’t think this is universal, of course. I think it’s rather subjective, since emotions themselves can be fleeting. It’s interesting to think about. 🙂

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      • If what makes you unhappy is beyond your control, like bush fires, terrorist attacks, exterminations of people and animals, changing perspective doesn’t help. I think an informed, humane person can’t ‘be’ happy amid the misery of others, they can only have brief flashes of happiness. Bringing everything down to the personal level as if that’s all that really matters ignores mass reality. That’s how I see it anyway.

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  6. Poetess of Darkness has found levity and shards of light, peppered through a matrix of malaise, and hard truths. I liked “the salvation into the abyssal tongue alone”.

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  7. Oh to dwell in mindlessness forever! Only half joking 😦

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  8. Happiness is never foolish. What else do we have?

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  9. I pray you find happiness soon my lovely friend … hang in there!

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  10. I think happiness comes in the guise of many emotions and situations, and sometimes through foolish naiveté.

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  11. A dark sad feeling of despair drip all over this one! Looking for happiness in all the wrong places…Not found in abysmal rhetoric…. It is down deep in side! Great poem.

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  12. My goodness this is good! Especially love; “winter’s wounds deny, disown madness, it is afar from where we left.”💝

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  13. Yeah Lucy, ‘the abyssal tongue / alone, in thalassic sway’ is a wondrous image – I picture deep in the ocean of night, down there words, grief, – while here on the surface we find some kind of respite, ephemeral and misguided (maybe). A Koala stamp for this one (that’s an Australian school teacher reference for you 🐨)

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  14. Maybe in the dreams of the slumber, sone happiness is hidden away

    Happy Monday

    Much💙love

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  15. I really like that this poem made me think about how we can “pull” happiness over our minds, like a choice, and I love the word thalassic in here ( you always teach me new words) 🙂 It’s a great image, floating above the pain. I think that is all of us in many ways. At least those of us that feel deeply. Nothing wrong with being happy fools!

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  16. A very thoughtful poem…touching.

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  17. Wow. This is a wonderful piece, Lucy. You are an absolute wordsmith!

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  18. I love that you question happiness, as did I tonight Lucy. ‘Fools of Happiness’ Yes we can certainly be that many times over. A wonderful Quadrille ☺️💕

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  19. I feel like you are pulling back the curtain on a fool’s dream and exposing the truth that it is really a nightmare! I love the line ‘alone, in thalassic sway’

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  20. love the phrase “fools of happiness”

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  21. I love the dream/Neptunian/illusory imagery here and of course the Greek reference to the sea, which may be oblivion. Such beauty expressed in sadness and loss, the human condition. Well done.

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  22. Oh, the complications of love. I heard this in your words.

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  23. The happiness is hidden away. I think this happens to fouls of happiness. The way you expressed this condition, that is totally Love 😍

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  24. You are so right, there are so many things that can rob you of your happiness.

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