Happy People

want the best in life
not the biggest paycheck
meaningfulness and kindness
from helping, bringing peace
that emotional tether of joy
and wellbeing in a bag of tricks
with positive people
and laughter’s strategy
to live by the keys of equal
painting and singing, swimming too
diving off the high board
with no fear, feeling too good
to ever say no to friends who
appreciate your oddities
where have they gone
in this alone pandemic?

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About the Author

Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering. She grew up in the Midwest surrounded by maple trees.