PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

beneath her shy and tenderness

rests fury i had to awake

 

 

 

they though telling each other to go

held on tightly belying such words

 

 

 

shoreline hazed in wayward dreams

clearing imagined locations

 

 

 

not what she had hoped for

he was his own

she would have to compromise

 

 

 

no prince or white knight

she thought she wanted

those fairytale memes

she long ago shunted

what then was last night

this dream he still haunted

 

 

 

tell him again

how you'll never leave

so he can take you for granted

 

 

 

we all sell something maybe so

but she sells herself at a price too low

for fear there won't be bidders

 

 

 

ahead we would go separate ways

so we profess liking how it stays

 

 

 

morning till evening

they were together

even the night

offered little escape

 

 

 

went out into the rain

pretending he could cry

walked hours in the cold

to see if he could die

wished he had not been told

and it were all a lie

 

 

 

he a tortured burl from the ground

she a translucent elegant insect

 

 

 

her love has infected him already

little else more to do than wait

 

 

 

four in the mornings

he fancied a bite

teatime for vampires

 

 

 

at the end of our days

all pretenses will be lost

 

 

 

her allure

plush like a cloud

false appearance

of cuddling him

 

 

 

he was supposed to be her prince

and for this reason has ever since

tried to be noble like that

in a world that lacks heart and tact

 

 

 

quiet reflection of life

disturbs her

she craves drama

distracting herself

 

 

 

trolls on forest strolls with their mate

turned by magic mushrooms they ate

beautiful luminous light winged elves

taking night flights in that fairy state

lapsing at dawn back into themselves

 

 

 

she loved me wanting

to make up for time

we were and would be apart

 

 

 

that pause in life

we are just here

together

in silent intent

 

 

 

let us not speak

of the size of our love

we'd only debase

the abyss we feel

 

 

 

they threatened expulsion

if she won't stop crying

in history class

 

 

 

winged traveler of ages

shielding her secrets for long

soon must go on

if she won't respond

opening her cages

 

 

 

sweet dream of a

pastry shop ballerina

behind the counter

her smile at first fake

our eyes share a glance

then she starts to dance

black and white swan in a lake

i swim in her wake

forget about cake

until i wistfully awake

 

 

 

a longing grip into emptiness

where her hair

once caressed his hand

she had claimed to be a princess

escaped from a foreign land

 

 

 

trying his utmost not to hurt her

with silent laconic roughness

accustomed to battling dragons

 

 

 

wild times

we spent in tight embrace

inhaling each other's breath

until we almost suffocated

 

 

 

she will do as he desires

as long as he acts

within her approval

he’ll go along

to save face and dodge mires

 

 

 

When I was little, I was often invited as the only boy to girls' parties since I did not play rough. Along the way, this feature must have lost attraction.

 

 

 

imagine an idyllic setting

in which you can live happily

now tell yourself that story

and make it reality

 

 

 

she felt his blood pulsate inside her

tingling and tinging her every nerve

as she had longed for inviting his bite

a prize truly worth avoiding sun light

 

 

 

the lies about christmas

we buy and sell others

make us more desperate

in sugar glazed covers

during its fleeting truce

 

 

 

her love does have conditions

her strength patience pardon an end

he brings out these natural limits

and guilt for not being a saint

 

 

 

she had no compunctions

to pop his bubbles

as soon as he could blow them

 

 

 

why don't you get lost

in our storybook

allow me to find you

awaken our love

 

 

 

reality we imagine to be

conducting ourselves accordingly

may anticipate a better state

resulting harm may also be great

better to differentiate

 

 

 

tired of touting love and beauty

or longing to be extolled for them

she made a point of merely being

 

 

 

what if the nightmares

playing inside

are true reflections

of real events

 

 

 

he had no more wife

but was a farmer

who had accepted

the earth as his bride

 

 

 

tired of life

in which artifice killed her

she wants nature pure

without filler or filter

 

 

 

my life story

is much about someone

refusing increasingly

not to exist

 

 

 

love lays a trap to expect perfection

by anticipation and ardent throws

its true proof comes at dissatisfaction

in compromise for common goals

 

 

 

to call her divine

describes barely half

the depth of her love

or wrath for betrayal

 

 

 

she does not want to go to sleep

because of all sadness it will keep

except a false overnight sensation

that morning grants inauguration

 

 

 

anonymity potentials of social media

enable people to be anybody

even themselves

 

 

 

daisy-chaining supercomputers

to figure out

a path to peace

and all they came up with

was the picture of a flower

 

 

 

her sheer loveliness

pulls me up into realms

that make this appear

a magical world

 

 

 

she used to lose track

of conversations

whenever she shifted

a gear in her car

 

 

 

nothing's ever really over

until synapses unwind

echoes of what was

play on in our mind

 

 

 

he first took recordings of the past

by calculating refractions

then found his insights presented vast

prospects for curative actions

 

 

 

after the fall

they planned to thrive

a new beginning

without old mistakes

 

 

 

i hate i get lost when you're not there

instead of remaining your rock

so i pretend you need my care

and protection 'round the clock

 

 

 

you think all men

are artlessly predictable

but i will not look at you

without my heart

 

 

 

the memories of pain with her

stalk him like dark forest shadows

only a new love’s bright burning light

can place him in flowering meadows

 

 

 

you think and feel too much

you're told even by yourself

will you come to your senses

and learn to dim them to cope

 

PINE KNOWING PAIN

PHILOSOPHICAL QUOTES & POEMS

 

X. FICTION AND REALITY

 

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