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Today I Am Content

The folks in the know
And running the show
Propose there are eight human emotions.
But as far as I see,
Their lists don’t agree
And in my head causes commotions.
So since you insist
I shall make my own list
And figure it out on that basis.

Emotions may change.
In depth and in range
And are truly mixed up in some cases.
So I’ve made my choice
According to Joyce
Apologies to Greek Aristotle.
Someone let envy out
Before I was about.
I’d like to put it back in the bottle.

Love, fear, hatred, sadness
Kindness, joy, contentment, gladness.
Are emotions according to me.
Today is a so-so.
No deep emotions to show.
A day of contentment it has proven to be.
The sun rose as it should
And the weather is good.
I’ve no reason at all for resentment.

I’ve done lots of shirking 
When I should have been working.
But I chose to sit in contentment
And compose what I‘d say
On this quiet day
About my prevailing emotion.
One can’t stay mad all the time
Or glad all the time.
That is a ridiculous notion.
And though sometimes I seek
A valley or peak,
I’m content that contentment’s my potion.

By; Joyce Johnson 4/3/13

For Donald Williams' contest "What is your primary emotion today"

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  1. Date: 4/18/2014 8:30:00 PM
    Lots of wisdom here in this charming rhyme. Well done!

  1. Date: 4/17/2014 5:54:00 PM
    How good does it feel when you reach the contentment's zone! You will be in it right now with this sweet win. Congrats Ron

  1. Date: 4/17/2014 3:21:00 PM
    Way to go with this winning work..Congrats on your contentment..Sara

  1. Date: 4/16/2014 6:13:00 PM

  1. Date: 4/16/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Congratulations Joyce, it was nice seeing Donald here on the soup today, he's took a long, long vacation. Leaving this contest, hanging. Glad to see it finally out. Your placement in his contest, rocks... xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 4:32:00 AM
    The only thing wrong with this poem is Nothing! wow Thanks...loved it...

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 7:38:00 PM
    Very nice poem here Joyce!Good approach to the contest theme.

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 7:27:00 PM
    Beautiful! Best of luck in the contest, Joyce! It's a winner. Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 6:59:00 PM
    What could be better than contentment....? We would be blessed if each day could be spent so. :)