PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

you unfurl

my curled-up edges

setting free the shape i am

 

 

 

quaint little valley

among rolling hills

green clouds of trees

cut out cotton candy sky

and you

 

 

 

Romantic love is coincidence. It cannot be planned or forced and may subside as it arrived or change into something else. This makes us afraid.

 

 

 

the candle melted

in the sun

some things are better reserved

for the night

 

 

 

you smell good

she whispered

nose tickling my neck

 

 

 

she learned to trust me

with her life

as i took her across

the treacherous wasteland

while she was my only hope

 

 

 

there is no mercy

in romantic love

or its absence

 

 

 

butterfly shells

tanning sand

give me your hand

and we shall walk

 

 

 

hardly anything

more attractive

than a woman’s glance

over her shoulder

as she walks away

 

 

 

romantic love

a good anesthetic

for the tyranny of mate selection

 

 

 

our gazes met

my existence tore in two

one part with me and one with you

ever in need to be mended

 

 

 

we both touched

our screens feeling

each other’s hands

by haptic transfer

only a beginning

 

 

 

i did not see

how deeply i had already fallen

my heart blinded me

knowing i would not let it happen

 

 

 

the sun rises

when your eyes open

and it will set when they close

 

 

 

separated by

a dimensional membrane

they would never join

still they could sense

the other and desire

 

 

 

not being there

with you

death by the seconds

 

 

 

she was unsure

about his feelings

and wished they would matter

to hers

 

 

 

when i asked

why me

she asked the same

no reason fine by us

in case it would dissolve

 

 

 

the sound of her yes

like a burning fuse

made him forget

the question

 

 

 

her and her horse’s manes

streamed by the wind

she proudly strode

toward me on my path

only her eyes

gave the slightest hint

she was in love

 

 

 

Would he have hurt less without her?

 

 

 

for you i lay my armor down

to meet you

on the field of passion

 

 

 

lying with him on moss

laced with fern

she listened what nature said

rain whispering in her living leaves

and tapping on the dead

 

 

 

she was the tall

lonely beauty

frightening boys

at the dance

 

 

 

if i confessed

she moves me

would she come my way

 

 

 

let us walk in castle gardens

reminisce under towering trees

you kiss me

past my unshaven stubbles

i ask your hand

getting down on my knees

 

 

 

touch stopping short

of the surface

a play with yearning

 

 

 

i love parts of her

she does not play

 

 

 

Passing me toward the hot tub, she said, hardly turning: “You want it on?” “Pardon me?” She spun around, eyes rolling: “The bubble machine!”

 

 

 

interlocking pheromone signatures

 

 

 

i knew we were together

when we let silence speak

 

 

 

we want to see

the fight of a hawk

in the eyes of our loves

not the docile ogle of cattle

we want them ready

to go to extremes

upon passion’s call to battle

 

 

 

they said we were too young

to know love

when they seemed to have forgotten

 

 

 

they fell toward each other

tripping over shared words

 

 

 

you are warm summer rain

illuminated by sunshine

drenching me

 

 

 

she fought him

like a lioness

half serious

and half in jest

he stayed around

he passed the test

 

 

 

she looked for a man

who would lock on her gaze

until she lowered her eyes

 

 

 

she asked me to meet her

after the play

in a church yard

by the theater

her ghostly appearance

in the dark

made me wonder

if i should fear her

 

 

 

i could not

make a rhyme

of our love

words are a poor way

to express what hearts say

they hear best beating

next to each other

 

 

 

the man on the train

she had not met

asking for her name

one glance in his eyes

her defiance was wrecked

she would never be the same

 

 

 

love divined

we dared not speak

electrifying glances

 

 

 

home anywhere

even the open road

except where you are not

 

 

 

on our first date

she asked me

to turn around

while she was

getting dressed

 

 

 

long hair skirting softly

the small of her back

resembling an untensioned bow

 

 

 

she dressed like a boy

while growing up

now she’s wearing

my shirts in the morning

 

 

 

after the garden party

tables clearing band left

few chinese lanterns

still flickered

we lost our shoes

danced in the grass

to our music

 

 

 

he had been told

that love is patient

so he waited doting

for it to grow

then he learned

it can be passion

quickly determining

yes or no

 

 

 

slight animations

of her face

tell me about her heart

 

 

 

imagined her love

cupped in both hands

splashing my soul with vigor

 

 

 

i did not hear from her today

advancing hours withered aching

what could have taken her away

is she ok

and our love

i wonder waking

 

 

 

no question from when

i first looked in her eyes

how our encounter would end

 

 

 

annoyed by his staring

she drew a wide-eyed

open-mouthed grimace

he pulled his face

to look even crazier

that’s how she fell in love

 

 

 

earning the trust

of a wild animal

what courting love is like

 

 

 

last time i counted

she had four dimples

but then i got lost

 

 

 

their hideaway was

a forest meadow

they lay on soft grass

in a cherry tree’s shadow

not knowing that this

would end so soon

 

 

 

you excite

and settle me

at once

 

 

 

ultimate wildness

ultimate calm

both i experience with you

 

 

 

your heart is like a flower

innocently showing its petals

making everybody smile

 

 

 

looking out

into dark rolling waves

sitting side by side

they were preparing

their first embrace

pulling them like the tide

 

 

 

i love

when she says

i can feel you

 

 

 

just lying next to you

here

in amber light

your dewed skin

scent of wild playful honey

 

 

 

a little cafe

on a side street in venice

she has amaretto

he likes how she tastes

 

 

 

When I was little, I thought I should one day marry a butcher’s or a baker’s daughter for the food benefits. But life sure put me on a diet.

 

 

 

when he was four

the little girl kept

bugging him to play

twenty years later

nothing had changed

 

 

 

all that lace

and girly frills

then she chugs a beer

 

 

 

showing love

in little silly ways

the rest’s too scary yet

 

 

 

your eyes and lips

make me surrender

yet i’m stronger than before

 

 

 

he could not sleep

could not breathe

could not eat

as if his life force

had left him

to be with her

 

 

 

every time i see her

my heart stops

to capture the moment

 

 

 

and then we broke

the barrier of talking

with a close-eyed kiss

 

 

 

people first think

they are fools for loving

for hoping their angel

would love them back

until it happens

then all makes sense

 

 

 

he looks at her achingly

afraid of attention

doubtful she likes him

or would give him a chance

 

 

 

she left

without goodbye

for paris

he followed

missing her

everywhere

the search

ended when

he met clarisse

with cassis lips

and raven hair

 

 

 

she dared him

to scale her impervious walls

wishing he would find a door

 

 

 

love is a game

of rising gestures and responses

leveling

or burning through earth and sky

testing whether

we can read and please the other

 

 

 

my memory of her

she kissed the flowers

with her eyes closed

 

 

 

what can i tell you

about my life

when it only began with you

 

 

 

she challenged her suitors

to state what they wanted

until one simply said you

 

 

 

your dad told me to leave

your brothers taunted me

your mother brought tea

neighbors are gawking

as i sit here in the rain

till you know how sorry i am again

 

 

 

when i see her

my soul wants to drop to the floor

for fear of having high hopes

 

 

 

her existence pulled on

every nerve

throughout his body

longing to experience her

 

 

 

what is it that makes me

find every detail of you

perfect

did i carry your image

before i ever met you

 

 

 

we drove to reach

a lonely beach

and lost us

until we found

 

 

 

the gold-braided girl

had ten names for her dog

and didn’t carry a leash

so i asked her out

 

 

 

when i think of that time

what do i most miss

it’s your blushing smile

and our first kiss

 

 

 

she was a priestess

of the forest

he bathed in her springs

of cerulean eyes

and recognized

she was not horrid

evil envy had spread such lies

 

 

 

my love for you

is acting cool

though it is burning me

inside

am i a fool

not letting you know

don’t want to scare you

that’s why i hide

 

 

 

he still was asking himself

why did she speak

to him

when he had given no reason

other than waiting

among many

and why did that paralyze him

 

 

 

the sudden attention

by this angelic being

to him

filthy from sleeping outside

felt like

an attack

a sick joke

a dare by her friends

 

 

 

he immediately assumed

something was wrong

with her

to address a man

like him

he would protect himself

by showing her

how undeserving he was

 

 

 

waves atomizing the beach

propounding nothing matters

except what we have right now

 

 

 

The cruelty of taking love for granted.

 

 

 

the girl who

did not like me

because i made her fall

in love

 

 

 

kissing you felt like

all falling away

leaving us

tumbling in flight

 

 

 

he fell for her when

she got on her knees

to worship

the tiniest blossom

 

 

 

watching him

tending to his guitar

she wanted

to be his music

 

 

 

despite hooded winter coat

gloves rubber boots

he could imagine her

underneath

 

 

 

she makes my heart break

open

at the fault lines

of long-paved-over dreams

 

 

 

i get lost

and found

in her

 

 

 

if you think she’s beautiful

if you love her ways

if you respect her

if she moves you

tell her

and even more

show her

unmistakably

 

 

 

Not loving her is not an option.

 

 

 

her special

attributes

defy definition

 

 

 

the only way

he knew to be strong

was cold and silent

how then

could he let her in

teach me he said

 

 

 

a knight

in shining car more

than a valet of doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I. ROMANTIC LOVE

 

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