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In a big, weathered armchair
and a cocoon of faded quilts
beside a fireplace that glows
as it crackles and sparks.
With the weight of a book
propped against toasty knees
as steam rises like dawn,
releasing cardamom.
Where the evening breeze carries
the scent of lilac and the chant 
of crooning crickets 
through open windows,
and ideas bloom like roses,
floating like half-lit fireflies.
This is where happiness lives.

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  1. Date: 6/6/2013 1:00:00 AM
    You left out the smell of jasmine tea while watching the outside become white with snow :) Written with an eye for comfort and a heart for tender wording... great job on this one!

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 10:09:00 AM
    Sensuous and beautifully written. A visionary delight. Thank you.

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 8:34:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading this one again. Have a great day.

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 3:48:00 AM
    'Propped against toasty knees' and 'Where ideas bloom like roses and float like butterflies'...Oh yes indeed...I gotta try this sometime. Problem is, I don't have a fireplace and its 90 degrees down here in Louisianne...Oh well...Lovely verse here my friend! - Tim

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 12:41:00 AM
    wow, it's great to read another of your poems again. So beautiful, Heather.

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 9:55:00 AM
    It's a sensory thing, cozy feelings, wonderful aromas and a physical touch of a real book. This is definitely where happiness lives. I love this Heather. Wonderfully done. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 10:23:00 PM
    You have outdone yourself again, Heather! Images as crisp as a sharp stone, feelings as warm as that fire, scents as sweet as warm apple pie. Ahh... Tantalizing write.

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 4:35:00 PM
    A picture of bliss, visualized in your wonderful poetry, Heather....

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 9:12:00 AM
    I love this Heather, you have brought us into your world and it is delightful.

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Hello Heather, my name is Phillip Rollings Flipper to my friends and you are a friend. I am a proxy for the Chef who you know as Harry,HG, or Liege; although I don't see a lot of comments to you my him.Are you new to the sight? I don't know if you read his last post or the blog he asked me to write. If you do read either than this comment will make more sense. He is recoverying well and will be home next Sat. I am not a poet but I really like this poem. nice flow. Respectfully Flipper

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 4:33:00 PM
    WOW Heather, I certainly felt happy reading this while I was right there in the scene. Beautiful as can be.

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 6:16:00 AM
    A home made comfort zone.

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 6:13:00 AM
    Sounds wonderful...Fire always captures me and this poem captured me too. I loved it!

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 11:56:00 AM
    Happiness is where we happy are! Beautiful set up! It calmed me down! I liked it a lot! As far as your poem "Philosopher" is concerned is a masterpiece, especially if one sees it from inside the cave! I really congratulate you once more! You must be involved with philosophy to have such an understanding! Thank you!

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 10:09:00 AM
    so cozily handled with great tempo and lightness of mood... sensational!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 8:27:00 AM
    I like this setting. Especially the lilac scents. Ah, the beauty of simple moments like this. This was touching. Thank you for this.