Below is the poem entitled Today I Am Content which was written by poet
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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"