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12.07.2012

frivolous friday


caption this ...


The Obligation to Be Happy
~ by Linda Pastan

"It is more onerous
than the rites of beauty
or housework, harder than love.
But you expect it of me casually,
the way you expect the sun
to come up, not in spite of rain
or clouds but because of them.

And so I smile, as if my own fidelity
to sadness were a hidden vice—
that downward tug on my mouth,
my old suspicion that health
and love are brief irrelevancies,
no more than laughter in the warm dark
strangled at dawn.

Happiness. I try to hoist it
on my narrow shoulders again—
a knapsack heavy with gold coins.
I stumble around the house,
bump into things.
Only Midas himself
would understand."

via Soubriquet
today's caption winner !!

xxx

6 comments:

Adullamite said...

Another well of lass pretending she has a hard life while the opposite is true.

Lee said...

Suck it up, Atlas!

soubriquet said...

The Obligation to Be Happy
:Linda Pastan

"It is more onerous
than the rites of beauty
or housework, harder than love.
But you expect it of me casually,
the way you expect the sun
to come up, not in spite of rain
or clouds but because of them.

And so I smile, as if my own fidelity
to sadness were a hidden vice—
that downward tug on my mouth,
my old suspicion that health
and love are brief irrelevancies,
no more than laughter in the warm dark
strangled at dawn.

Happiness. I try to hoist it
on my narrow shoulders again—
a knapsack heavy with gold coins.
I stumble around the house,
bump into things.
Only Midas himself
would understand."

red dirt girl said...

Oh Adullamite .... I'm not believing the misogynist act. You're a marshmallow!

xxx

red dirt girl said...

Hahahaaaa Lee! well said.

xxx

SL said...

Even more so during this hap-hap-happiest time of year. Hi RDG!