Are you happy?
Have you lost yourself in this Americanised insensibility
demanding that it be a continuous state,
expecting to smile every moment of the day.
Do you measure everything by it
and desperately scramble for its attainment,
scorning that it is enough to be content.
What will the cost of achievement be,
did you shelf common sense and empathy,
swap the diverseness of experience for fantasy.
Did you forget that pursuit was the actual goal,
negate all thought in favour of soul
taking one part as the sum of the whole.
There is bliss beneath pain, did you forget
When you planned to go smiling from birth to death
As a pointless grinning marionette.
Go ahead and bask in your vacant glee
Feeling virtually nothing and calling it happy,
You have my grief, my heart and my absolute pity.