A Manifesto of Joy

*Background to this musing lies in an entry for Sunday Scribblings. It’s that time of the year when people make resolutions. I stopped making them long ago. But, these lovely poetic folks prompted me to take that thinking a step further, and think of a manifesto, not resolutions for the coming year. And, after much mulling over it, I realized that what I really want to do in 2011 is to live each day with Joy. So, here goes my Manifesto of Joy. Have a fantastic 2011 people. Cheers!

Joy is a fleeting feeling of being alive,
Or, when happiness means to let go, and, just revive.

Joy is the wisdom of an epiphanic moment
Or, when the past, present and future truly seem to connect.

Joy is as mundane as watching a butterfly,
Or, when gazing at the stars, and, heaving a peaceful sigh.

Joy is as simple as enjoying a home cooked meal,
Or, when satisfaction comes in well executing a complex business deal.

Joy is as heady as a sudden rush of thrill,
Or, when a drab day is saved by an impromptu dance drill.

Joy is in knowing that resolutions are meant to be broken,
Or, better still to let them evolve into manifestations of token.

Joy is the certainty that the next year is near,
Or, when a sudden whiff of the past comes back to whisper in my ear.

Joy is in knowing it’s ok to be fooled by randomness,
Or, when in that split second I can spy a method in the madness.

About Amrita Ghosh

About Moi - I like to think I am a simple person while most people tend to disagree. I like lots of things, sometimes quite contrary ones, a
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14 Responses to A Manifesto of Joy

  1. Jingle says:

    fabulous take..
    Glad to see you join Sunday Scribbling..


  2. Your final stanza sums it up brilliantly. Found you at Sunday Scribblings, and I’ve been on sabbatical, will be somewhat sparse until February when our move to Madison, WI is complete.

    A manifesto on joy. I simply loved your concept and the writing that followed!
    Amy Barlow Liberatore (Here’s mine:)


  3. Mary Bach says:

    I hope your year is a joyful as your post. Cheers :o)


  4. Artswebshow says:

    Excellent poetry.
    I like that its done in two line verses.
    Somehow they seem easier to take in. lol
    You’re right on so many accounts here


  5. Jingle says:

    come to poets rally if you can,
    happy 2011..


  6. Prerna Ramanathan says:

    enjoyed reading it – the last 2 lines are brilliant


  7. TK says:

    Through your pen you make sense of this crazy-beautiful-joyous-mess we call life!


  8. Amrita Ghosh says:

    @TK – thank you, thank you…at least, i make sense to a few πŸ™‚


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