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Joyful

You gave me words to decipher
I let them wrap around my mind
happiness
joyfulness
what are their opposites?

I think
trying to grasp beyond the obvious
why do we strive for happiness?
is it a state of being?
for me I wish to be joyful
to be in a state of thankful
joy exists 
beyond the borders of happy
joyfulness is a well spring 
connecting us to the infinite
its power is beyond circumstance
worldly possessions 
or a good day
it can still be felt when we are cradled in sadness
Joyfulness allows our spirit to open
commune 
celebrate
we see beyond our limitations

The opposite is fear
fear restricts
encloses us 
robs us of our Joyfulness
suspends us within the darkness
we seek happy 
slivers of pleasure
experiences
yet fear whispers
"This is temporary 
fleeting
you don't deserve it
hold onto it while you can
it will be gone soon"

yes moods change
life happens
still we can reach beyond the obvious
search for joyfulness
breathe in God's spirit

as joyfulness rises
fear will flee
unable to survive 
within the light
and yes
yes you
me
we can be
the ones
who spread
express
live
and celebrate
our
joyfullness



This poem was inspired by my sweetie
who is reading a book called "The Gift of Imperfection"
written by: Brene Brown.

Happy Valentines Day.







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  1. Date: 3/15/2014 3:21:00 PM
    Thank you Richard for this joyful poem as I was reading it I was reminded of the verse in the bible which says the joy of the lord is our strength.God bless.

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 6:11:00 PM
    I continue to search on poems that speak of joy and see through its opposite...richard, you always seem to fill that gnawing gap between sadness and joyfulness, even eternal happiness...thank you, my friend, for sharing expressively and so beautifully...(I left a new reply to your comment in my box under my old work "drunk love"..thank you)... .~wendy

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/22/2014 6:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Wendy I received it. Welcome back, I appreciate you thinking of me.
  1. Date: 2/19/2014 1:56:00 PM
    I wish that I could internalize this message, Richard...I really wish I could. James tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials because that words to build up on characters....ah....not an easy thing to do. Lovely write. :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/19/2014 4:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, I appreciate you letting me know about the grammar corrections. ;0)
  1. Date: 2/17/2014 8:27:00 AM
    You, my friend, are so wise. You are one who spreads joy with your poetry.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/17/2014 9:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning Monterey, I feel the same way about you.
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 9:03:00 PM
    Yes, that underlying state of being which is essentially harmony and love is a place where we can so easily access.. good write, Richard.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/17/2014 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Bindu, I hope your inner world is filled with joy.
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 5:38:00 PM
    RL, you are indeed a lucky man to have the inspiration of a loving woman to provoke such beauty in verse! Great Job, my friend!//Robert

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/15/2014 5:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Robert, I am indeed blessed.
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 4:02:00 PM
    Great wite Richard, I too feel that bubble of joyfulness that underlines everything. It is always there, happy or sad,and makes life so sweet. I loved this poem my friend....Peter

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/15/2014 4:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Peter.
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 12:39:00 PM
    Richard an interesting road map for life and how to live. Great line " As joyful rises fear will flee" Excellent write!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/15/2014 12:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joseph, I appreciate your visit.
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 10:13:00 AM
    so many wise words are penned in this poem, when we have hearts that listen, there is no telling how much joyfulness we can achieve, thank you for sharing Richard, and thank you for your kind visit my page luv xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/15/2014 11:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure Rose!
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 11:06:00 PM
    This is good Richard; I did enjoy it very much. You are right - we are the ones that can spread joy to others. Thanks for sharing and Happy Valentine's day... Lucilla

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/15/2014 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Lucilla
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 7:44:00 PM
    Outstanding Richard....really love reaching beyond the obvious line..really is what we must do to find that joy..use our faith...love this poem...happy V-day

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/14/2014 8:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Happy Valentines to you as well, Hugs Rick.
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 5:18:00 PM
    Rick, great poetry that seeks to find the true meaning of what it means to be joyful. I like the way you structured the poem, it gives each line its own power.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/14/2014 6:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Tim, I appreciate the visit and thoughtful comment.
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 1:16:00 PM
    wow Rick introspective work that inspires kudos hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/14/2014 1:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ;0) hugs back.
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 9:20:00 AM
    A great one you have here Richard as perfect joy chases away fear in us.Kudos for the flawless delivery. Happy vals.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/14/2014 9:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kayod5, you are kind my friend.