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Day 179 – It’s Been A Good Day

The days are long in paradise
where every day’s a good one,
long and breezy and all planned out,
but here they’re short and chaotic.

Here sometimes your car stalls out,
leaves you stranded in the middle of the street
(though you might get a ride to buy gas in the back
of a squad car and crack yourself up pretending
you did something horribly wrong.)

The days are long in paradise,
where every day’s a good one,
long and breezy and all planned out,
but here we earn our sleep.

Here they send you letters just to say
they don’t want your stories, your poems
(though I hang those up on the pride wall,
proof of rejection, proof of effort.)

The days are long in paradise,
where every day’s a good one,
long and simple and accounted for,
but here they take more work.

Here you can break your heart or a bone,
(though those things end up healing stronger,)
here you can lose your wallet or your temper
(though they never helped you anyway.)

Here you can come to all kinds of harm,
all sorts of misfortune, bad luck
(though I rather think it’s necessary stuff
if you want to make a poem, want to grow.)

In paradise happiness is a science,
but here it’s more a matter of choice-
the days are long in paradise, but
it’s been a good day here, too.

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6 thoughts on “Day 179 – It’s Been A Good Day

  1. Something about your poems that makes me love the rebel in you, but my mind just still rebels against your rebellion due to our age!

    Kind of like Kurt Cobain’s beautiful contradiction of himself. I think it’s just the fact that your work feels so unfiltered.

    Keep up the good work!

    Cheers!

  2. Although I don’t believe in paradise necessarily, I love this poem and resonate to its basic premise. I love the repetition, and I’m glad I didn’t notice any sarcasm. (not a fan of sarcasm, just a fan of your work)

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