Happiness

Happiness

Let’s make the decision

right now

I’m talking to you

to be a little happier

 

I don’t care what tragedy

of the day

is giving you the

Best Ragging Excuse Ever

 

I need some positivity

today And you’re going to give it to me

That’s right you

Listen up

 

Citizen’s United

No jobs

A job for crappy pay

Aches

Headaches

Relationship angst

Short-term memory loss

Nasty boss

Self-absorbed co-worker

Neck sag

Carpal tunnel in the right wrist

Not gonna cut it

 

You’re gonna suck it up

for me

and only me

because you’re all I’ve got

Lemon

Guest Post by Deborah Fletcher Blum

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Lemon is like a question. It wants something from you. But it wants to hold onto that thing for itself too. It gives and takes back. Is tart and zesty and willful. Sometimes totally irrational. And it is yellow, because the sound is perfect for the taste.

 

I squeeze you for juice and drink you up.

I always loved you raw and didn’t care that I was teased for it.

You wanted to be something people can handle only in small doses.

You like that about yourself.

It means you are strong.

 

Deborah Fletcher Blum has taught art and English at schools in Kenya, New York, and L.A. She studied painting and liberal arts in college and has always been fascinated by cultural differences and “samenesses.” She is writing a middle grade novel set in Kenya.