Happiness is... (2) - A Poem by MartieCoetser

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Confined in solitude

happiness equals peace,

harmony and freedom –

Happiness rests in solitude.

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Confined in the here and now

happiness equals forgiveness,

contentment and trust –

Happiness rests in the present.

~

Confined in reality

happiness equals realism,

acceptance and common sense –

Happiness rests in reality.

~

Confined in happiness,

peace, harmony and freedom,

forgiveness, contentment and trust,

realism, acceptance and common sense -

Happiness is my salvation.

~

But then

In your presence

I must be

in heaven.

~

Happiness is relevant -

In relevance to known unhappiness –

Therefor happiness provokes

memories of unhappiness

to be dealt with all over again.

-

Being in heaven

with an angel like you,

dealing with memories

is just another common reality.

~

In your presence

I must be

In heaven.

~

~

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Beautiful poem Martie - Im fairly certain I got the real idea behind this one. But then again, we all know how awful I am at understanding poetry. Saying that, I have to add I have a feeling someone is falling in love =)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful poem. Voted up awesome and beautiful, Joyce.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Really beautiful. Happiness is salvation for many of us. Love your ending!


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

This is a beautiful heartfelt poem voted up and awesome.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I like the way this builds. I was just thinking of elegant writing and here it is.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Ardie, thanks for being the first to assure me that I have actually published another poem (at 3:00am maybe a bit crazy?)

The 'falling in love' metaphor.... To be honest, at this stage of my life (at last), I consider this metaphor too sketchy to describe my emotions. While 'falling', one has no control.... like being swept off ones feet.

I am definitely not 'falling', but simply acknowledging the reasons when and why I am happy. I am a bit overwhelmed, though, after spending 3 days in the bushveld with a man who did not irritate/upset me even once.

Take care, Ardie. I am busy to catch up with reading; expect me in your corner in a couple of hours :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

writer20 - Thank you, Joyce! Your opinion always means a lot to me :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

picklesandrufus ~ So true! At this stage of my life I simply refuse to be unhappy. I have wasted too much time in the unfortunate state of unhappiness. Of course, for the sake of others. With confidence I can now say I have done all my duties; I've earned all the rights in the world to be happy. Thanks for your lovely feedback :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, prettynutjob30! And welcome in my corner :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Happiness is - discovering this magnificent poem created by the one and only, beautiful Martie! To say I love this is putting it mild. Like a Rachmaninoff Symphony known for it's passion, this poetry rises, falls and rises again as the listener begs for more. Never wanting the magnificence to end...the story must finish to leave more for another time. So it is with Happiness is...


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wonderful description of love; I have this every day of my life with Bev. I am so happy for you; I hope your happiness continues to infinity and beyond.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

mckbirdbooks ~ your comment is another overwhelming reality. My head is spinning! Your professional opinions always counted and will always count for me. Thank you so much.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

vocalcoach ~ you are always so beautiful! What a lovely description. I am totally speechless :) Lots of hugs to you :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

billybuc, how wonderful to know that you've recognized your awesome feelings for Bev in my poem. Thank you, my friend, you know I always appreciate your feedback. Thank you also for your positive hope for me. Personally I have no hopes; I have seen a few more than enough of my hopes being destroyed by someone or something beyond my control. I regard hope in the same light as sand castles on a beach. Why shall I waste time building them if I can use the same energy to enjoy every thing I can see/hear/touch/sense? I have mastered the art of enjoying every day as it comes... Nevertheless, I thank you, billybuc - of course your lovely wish gives me energy to deal merciless with sources of unhappiness the moment they make their appearance in my comfort zone :)


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Beautiful Poem!! I love the Helen Keller quote as well...nice touch!!!


The light 4 years ago

profound . . .no shadows here :) the light of this poem exalts the between and betwixt of late spring and early summer. Life is blooming lavishly, and growth settles toward maturity, greater strength, and the protective shade for our mother nature's criters, creatures, and life abundant.

thank you for presenting such a gift as I gaze upon the sun setting through an office window anticipating the twilight of dusk. With the next passing hours I shall bear a smile not of self, more so with the joy, which was planted by a very special gardener of SA who has a bit of a green thumb it seems . . .


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Martie love waits patiently for us, we never know when or where it's going to happen. It may take weeks, months or years to find that special person, that person who stands out amongst all the rest. That someone who we never thought would ever cross our path. And look at you now, your toes are curling, your face is blushing, your little hairs on your arms are standing up when that special someone walks into your presence.

Love found me a few times in my life, but now I am on my own. I have decided to let it find me again, I will nay search for it, when I did it never fared well. If it's meant to be, so be it. I love your poem and especially enjoyed your quote. Enjoy every day as it comes is a fine motto, let it just happen, let your heart be free to love, you never know this may be the last love of your life, the man of your dreams who has been waiting for you all this time. Hugs and blessings to you both.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I echo Mike's sentiments as it is perfect. This is an elegant poem...


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Confined in Hubland

Happiness lends a hand

In so many ways

And here's what it says:

The beautiful words

Like antelope herds

Leap and dance

Under Martie"s glance

She spins this verse

Lifts sorrows curse

Lights this pile

With her megawatt smile

Elegance and eloquence

Not just words in sequence

A gift and a treasure

Life's glorious pleasure.

Thank you, dear for brightening my day!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Patty Kenyon, welcome in my corner and thank you for your inspiring comment :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Dear The Light, The Shadow, tsmog, Timmy Mitchell, you brain-spinner you, I think I am going to pass you and for all you know with distinction. Good to know you see me as a gardener with a green finger. So you think you are a smile-snatcher? In the meanwhile I am the planter of smiles on your face. Of course, your own smiles are more worth than mine. So lets talk business: Sell those smiles and share the profit with me :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Vincent, let me share with you something I have learned. A few months ago I've realized that the love that had founded me - all of them - were contaminated with viruses and parasites causing sorrows of all sorts. So I've decided to leave my comfort zone and search for the love - if that is what they call pure happiness - I want and need. I have literally interviewed seven possible candidates before I've met Mr. B. He passed the first test, the second, third, forth and so forth.... He is an achiever per excellence; by now I have no choice but to call him The Dux. And let me tell you, I am surprised. I knew men like him exists, but I thought they were not meant for me.

The point is, what we are really looking for, seldom, if ever, falls in our laps.

So there, put on your sexy shirt and go find the love YOU need and want.

(I plan to publish a 'How to find what you're looking for' hub soon :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Augustine, thank you for echoing Mike's heart-warming comment. In the meantime I have re-phrased one verse and hope 'elegant' will still be a suitable label for this specific musing of mine. You know your support means a lot to me.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Docmo! You sexy hunk! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Is Hubland not a wonderful place to be? We do inspire each other to achieve our goals; we do bring out the best in each other. I feel honored to have you as an online friend. Before the end of this day I will catch up with reading in your bright and interesting corner.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Absoltootly beautiful, Martie! A very sweet and endearing poem. VUM.


Barend 4 years ago

Excellent writing as ALWAYS from a BEAUTIFUL woman. Thank you


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Happiness cannot be reached with money. Comes from within and you seem to be living the happiest of your life Martie dear! We hop to see you smiling on and on for the rest of your life. Extremely touching

piece you wrote. Liked that sign! Doors will be open again and again!


Barend 4 years ago

Thank YOU for allowing me in your life and for the BEAUTIFUL words you write. It make me feel special. You are a truly GREATE woman. Mwha. Hope to do it again SOON.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

TToombs08 - thanks for your boooootiful and ayoba comment. That VUM - for a long time now I wonder what exactly does it mean. Puleeezzzz, satisfy my curiosity. In the meanwhile, take care :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Barend de Dux, you 'sound' like a true, strong Boerseun speaking the language of the Rooinekke with confidence. And too hell with the accent :) LOL! By now I need more than a pair of tweezers to get you out of my heart. By now you are a damn landmine.... (But let me just ignore all the baboons on the other side of the mountain. I WILL borrow your magnum when one of them dare it in my zone.... :) (Well, I told you I am dangerous.... LOL).

Thank you so much for being you and for being in my life. I would love to put flowers on the graves of your parents. They have done a pretty good job with you :))

Looking forward to see you again :) Counting the hours.....


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Lord, I think I've eventually found the right route to my destiny - the route that was paved with rose petals before my birth....

Just hope terrorist don't destroy it....


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

VUM = Voted Up, More. :) Have a wonderful day, Martie! :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Sista,

You found something magical in those bushes... mmmmmmm, let me speculate that true, and I'm talkin, really really true love equals peace and acceptance, first and foremost with ourselves. Then when we find someone to share that with...oh my heavens, how very lovely is that.

I am so genuinely and exquisitely happy for my Sista who deserves this peace and love always.

Your writing reflects it like a shining mirror. I love you, Maria


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Ttoombs, and here goes a VUM for your comments :) BTW, if you google 'ayoba', you will see that it is a unique South-African word for 'nice' :))


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi marcoujor, I enjoyed our stay in 'the bushes' so much and I am honestly and truly overwhelmed by the mere fact that I've enjoyed every minute of it and that I had no need whatsoever to 'overlook' anything 'odd' that was said or done by Mr. B. You know I am full of sh@t, although able to handle it as well as what comes from others. (Even 'in love' I am never blind.) And you know I've developed a neurotic - or shall I call it a paranoid - fear for emotional pain. I am not willing to tolerate another pinch of sh@t in the name of love and not to talk about in the name of hate ever in my life again.

This was the first time I have spent longer than 4-5 hours at a time with Mr. B since I've met him the end of March. I accepted his invitation skeptical and prepared for shocks. I mean, how could I know what his reaction would be when this or that or whatever happen on the road or in the bush, or when I do this or that or whatever true to my nature? No-one can blame me for being scared AND now surprised because I had no need whatsoever to tolerate any negative vibes, words, or actions, or to bend or brake myself just to maintain peace and harmony while enjoying an opportunity to get out of the rut I was in.

Yes, I feel kinda dizzy.... Used to negative shocks - at least one or two mild ones during a break-away with a 'stranger' and even with relatives - and now NOTHING? Oh boy, let me just pinch myself.... I mean, 3 continues days without experiencing one slight shock? I MUST have been in heaven!

Oh, and I should not over-react like this. Poor Mr. B must feel like an insect under a microscope. (Sorry, Barend, let me rather pretend that I am used to great men like you. Mwah x 100.)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful and expressive poem, Martie. I'm so glad that you've found Mr. B, and I hope very much that your happiness continues.


KatrineDM 4 years ago

A truly beautiful poem Martie. An amazing expression of happiness, I love your positive way of looking at things and understanding the importance of NOW, and of all those wonderful things in our life that make us feel this way.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

You just made me smile with this uplifting and beautiful poem Martie. Happiness has many sides and you show it here. I love the quote at the end by Helen Keller. I hit many buttons.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful Martie. This was such a lovely poem a true expression of happiness. Passing this on.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Simply beautiful and oh so true. I loved this and the Helen Keller quote is a good reminder that focusing on doors which are closed, instead of doors that are open is one of the main causes of unhappiness.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

AliciaC ~ Thank you for your lovely opinion and good hope for me. My mother had a motto - and still has it - I try to keep in mind to the best of my ability - "Expect (hope for nothing) and you will never be disappointed." This is a bit of a contradiction in terms of the Christian philosophy - "Hope, faith and the greatest of all, love, is the most important traits."


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

KatrineDM ~ always good to see you in my corner. Your comments always touch my heart. Thanks a lot!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Minnetonka Twin, so good to see you! I wish I could pull you through the screen of my computer to give you a thorough hug. I believe to be happy is an art. We have so many more reasons to be unhappy. Therefore reasons should not be the source of happiness; we should simply be happy because we want to be happy and because we are able to be. Take care, my dear friend. I'll see you soon in your corner.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Gypsy, so good to know you enjoyed this one. Thanks for passing it on. BTW, I wonder what's going on in FB - Trying to catch up with reading and commenting in here, I only took a quick peep in there today in order to do the most important. I'll see you soon.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Happyboomernurse :) When I was younger, I had no idea how to turn my eyes away from a closed door. I was not even willing to take a look at the open doors. I wanted-wanted-wanted to be in the 'room' behind the closed door. I've learned the hard way how to 'move on'. Thanks for the votes :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Your poem absolutely oooozes contentment Martie. I can see the beaming smiles from here to find that true happiness is not just an illusion. It takes a while to turn from the closed door to see the new open door and then we only warily peek before deciding to step inside.

When we are young our hearts rule but as we get older, our hearts may still rule but need the approval of our heads.

Martie wishing you all the happiness you deserve, you've tasted the wonderful Hors d'oeuvre on stale soggy crackers now its time for the piece de resistance of desserts


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

Happiness rests in solitude, Happiness rests in the present, Happiness rests in reality & Happiness is my salvation ! ..very true marty, ... i can feel the yearning all through and that is the reality of one in solitude!

amazing poetry, full of depth !


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

You did yourself with this. In my present condition, happiness is Amor's smile (I can no longer kiss).


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truedatingtales 4 years ago from Weybridge

Happiness is such a gift and this poem is a beautiful way to descibe it. I am new to this so I look forwrad to reading more.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Martie, your poem describes happiness beautifully - what a joy to read!

Thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Rosemay ~ Good to see you. I have indeed peeked warily and indeed my head still rules - Like a mother, allowing (or not allowing) my heart to have its will. I love your metaphor of Hors d'oeuvre and desserts. Mr. B definitely falls under dessert. This reminds me of the rule we had in our house: If we had not eaten all our food, we may not have had dessert. Well, I have eaten all my food, including what I've hated, and, for the record, I did eat the most delicious last. But now its time for dessert - I can eat as much as I want without feeling guilty.

Thank you, Rosemay. I hope you are fine and once again ready for writing. You know you've got a big fan in me :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

shara ~ Yes, so true - in spite of happiness in solitude, the yearning for company never faded. But I was contented because I always remembered the worse of all yearnings = for happiness in solitude. I am still not willing to sacrifice my solitary, I am simply allowing myself to enjoy quality company from time to time. Thank you so much for your lovely comment :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Mhatter99 ~ You triggered my curiosity :) Who is Amor and why can you no longer kiss? Thank you for clicking in for the read :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

truedatingtales ~ Welcome in here! I hope you will soon find yourself completely at home :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Movie Master ~ Your comments always mean a lot to me. Thank you.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

My dear Martie...I love these words, and the truth herein Lovely, wonderful, happy! So wonderfully pleased that you have this in your life....how fantastic. BTW... saw this last night and commented but...it isn't here....my computer is acting up (or my server..)...so, anyway, now I get to say it again....as your good friend, and one who respects you so much...I am beside myself with joy for you, dear Martie and Barend (or, is it Sean????) Love ya. UP Beautiful Awesome Useful (for those of us still swimming the pool looking for that big fish!!), lovely, sweet, silly-crazy-love and Encouraging!!!!!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful Martie, I believe you've found your elusive dream of contentment and possibly a new love. I hope so my friend...* Hugs *


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Dearest Lucky Cats ~ You are one of my most favorite friends in HubLand. I love your thoughts and highly intelligent, open mind. When I was young, I thought all people over 40 were old and cold, living with half a leg in their graves. I was so very wrong. The older I get, the more alive am I. 'Life begins at 50,' is NOT a joke, but the holy truth. And you, too, know this :)) Thank you so much for your friendship and support, Kathy!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi my twin, Always Exploring ~ Our agreement when we first met was not to fall in love or even consider romantic love as an option. We both have had enough of the thing called love. We simply wanted to be friends, companions, enjoying whatever together when we feel like it. Unfortunately there is such a thing as invisible chemicals bonding people in mysterious ways. When you open your eyes again, you will find yourself attached to a person you've allowed in your personal and/or intimate zone. Nevertheless, we are simply going with the flow - It is certainly the best flow I was ever in. Lovely temperature, streams, waves, falls and pools.... :)) Ruby, you know you are deep in my heart :)) Take care!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Martie

Happiness is a state of mind. I believe we are responsible for our own happiness. Now, if we are lucky to find that special someone to enhance that happiness then we are blessed.

Wishing you many blessings and happiness :)

Voted up and away!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Sueswan, happiness is indeed a state of mind. Although I often feel sad and even angry about things beyond my control, I am always happy. Thank you so much for the blessings and votes.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Katherine Hepburn once said: 'Happiness is finding one turtle (chocolate and nut candy) left in the box.' That was always my favorite definition of happiness, Martie. But now your profound poetry is my favorite definition. Thank you.

BTW - is 'bushveld' sorta like country? Just wonderin'.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

drbj ~ The 'bushveld' is a beautiful region in my country (very close to me) - Hub is in the pipe line. You can call it country, but country with specific geographical features. You know I am happy, always, and ever so more since I've jumped out of my past a year ago. You also know I will always regard my friend Dave the sexy Welshman - who came down for a visit in April 2011 - as the one who had taught me how to shut the door between my past and present.

So now, on top of my happiness, Mr. B is cream ala chocolate ala nuts ala candy, trala-de-trala-da-trala-dum.... :)))


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epigramman 4 years ago

...don't tell Mister B or Sannel this ....but , lol, happiness is knowing you as a true friend, esteemed colleague and poster girl for the epi-man because of your extremely hot new photo profile which truly shows a young woman in love ......you write like the wind has something to say and your support and loyalty to me is the stuff of legends ...... lake erie time 5:13am and sending you my very best thoughts ......


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi epigramman, I, too, regard you as a true and loyal friend and esteem colleague, and I do think you have the most beautiful blue eyes. Much-much more beautiful as the one you are now using as an avatar. And in that cozy beige jersey of yours, you look like a man who carries the woman of his heart on his hands and his friends on his back. So if Mr. B was not posted on all my walls and even on the walls of my heart, I could have used a poster of you to make me believe that good, loving, loyal and honest men still exist on this planet. Thank you so much for your lovely comment :)))

6:00pm SA (Wednesday)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...you really know how to make a grown man cry Miss Martie - and please read Colin's new one - August 6, 1945 to see his true heart - although his 'true heart' belongs to you Martie because you have made me a better man , a better writer and have given me a gift in life - your love and friendship - lake erie time 12:23pm just woke up from night shift sleep with first cup of coffee and some Bach ....


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Now you make me cry, epigramman! But it is a fact that true friendship (philia) often means more to us than any of the other loves so clearly categorized by the Greeks. Now let me go read your latest - Whether I had a finger in the pie or not, you did grow tremendously as a writer - and not that you were ever a bad writer. I do believe your epigrams belong in a proper e-book. Go check marcoujor's latest hub - interview with herself - and see hers - illustrated by Mckbirdsbks. And remember, he, too, suggested a long time ago that you compile some e-books. Enjoy your coffee and Bach....


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Nicely done, Martie...the search for happiness is a lifelong task for so many because, as your verse points out, it is either something in the past to be remembered or something in the future to be attained. Sadly, they never define it as you so masterfully have in "the present". If we are to know that we are happy, then we must be able to describe it and know what drives it. Then and only then can we recognize it....your poem speaks volumes on the subject. Nice work! WB


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Wayne Brown, good to see you! I can but only say 'amen' to your comment. And then, too, sooner or later one has to say: "I will never be unhappy again!" (Gone With The Wind). Thank you so much for your visit. I am catching up on reading and commenting, so expect me in your corner somewhere during the weekend. In the meantime, take care :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Martie, "Happiness" is reading your Lovely Poem on Happiness...And Truly Enjoying it! If we're Happy with ourselves, the rest just seems to fall into place...Of course, sometimes, it takes a lifetime, to get to that Happy place!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

b. Malin - always good to see you! I was always able to be happy, even while captured in unfortunate circumstances - After all, life is what you make of it - just make lemonade with lemons - easy! (Of course, there were times I was in war with the depression monster.)

But this time I am happy in fortunate circumstances. I don't have any lemons in my basket, but only busy bees making honey.....

All I lack is a million dollars :)

Thank you so much for your loyal support. I will catch up in your corner soon, where I can always sense your happiness and positive spirit.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring poem and I really enjoy it. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)

Cheers, prasetio


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi prasetio - thanks for the visit and the votes, my friend. I just saw a notification of an interesting hub you've published. Will hop over for the read before the end of this weekend. In the meanwhile, take care!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I feel great after reading your poem. We humans search and search for happiness. Once we discover the open secret, it is easy to achieve peace and happiness. I am glad you have found it also.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you, Hyphenbird! Well, that's what the Bible says - Search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.... Thank you so much for your visit and comment :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

A philosophical poem from you Martie. Happiness from the past can only be partially felt again in memory at best, that of the future is only anticipation. Its an emotion of the moment and as with Hyph, I'm happy right now you found it my friend.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

an awesome philosophy and very well expressed poem, voted up.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Alastar, so good to see you in this 'Happiness is...' poem of mine. It took me many years to master the art of living in the present. To be honest, I had to face death (in 2000) before I was able to realize the essence of your comment. The present is not always enjoyable, but then, I've also mastered the art to make lemonade with the lemons Life gives me at a very young age. So believe me, when I say I am happy, I am happy in spite of whatever could be better in my life.

But this time, NOW, I am beyond the normal boundaries of happiness. I really have to pinch myself to make sure I am still on Earth and not in heaven. In a way this is a bit scary - a little devil on my shoulder keeps on telling me that I have no right to be happy while others are sad and I will certainly be punished soon with the same amount of unhappiness. Oh boy! What a crazy philosophy?

Thank you so very much for your continuous support :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you so much, girishpuri, for you visit and encouraging comment and votes :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Martie such a beautiful poem, and its lovely that you have found happiness again, it shines through your writing, wonderful! nell


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Nell, thank you for your lovely comment. I have certainly found the man I was looking for - to my surprise, because I never thought he could be alive in my region :) Wonderful!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

lol! thats great news!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love it! You know you are talented when your writing makes another person really feel good...it did!!! I can never get enough of these kinds of poems.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi RealHousewife, I am so glad you enjoyed this. The wonder of poems is that one can say so much with only a handful of words. Thanks for coming over for the read :)


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

What an inspiring definition of happiness! I hope you don't mind if i adopt it as my own? Truly beautiful, Martie - a clear reflection of your heart!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi ImKarn23, you've made me read this poem again. I honestly believe happiness rests in ourselves and in contentment, not depending on others and better circumstances. Then, when a lover enter our space, we can but only believe we are in heaven. Good to see you in my corner and thank you for your comment and for hence following me :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

A wonderful poem, sweet, loving and hopeful. to have found such happiness is a true blessing, I really was taken with the helen keller qoute. combined together with your poem it makes a wonderful statement


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I like the mood this poem sets happiness is solitude just still mulling that line over LOL great entry :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Nighthag, Helen Keller always, brilliantly, hits the nail on its head. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this poem.

@ Frank, well, I am happy alone with myself, but also in the company of positive, intelligent people, and surely in heaven in the company of Mr. RIGHT.... I really don't think people not able to be happy alone by themselves can be happy in the company of others :) Thanks for the visit. Take care :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Martie, that the word happiness has so much depth and breadth is described so well by you in this poem.

And the interplay between happiness/unhappiness is awesome.

Voted awesome and beautiful. Sharing this.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

That poem just makes me feel warm and happy. It's so peaceful and loving. So, so beautiful!


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anupma 4 years ago from India

Happiness is something that cannot be defined in words. It can only be felt. It is a feeling that can be experienced. But we can share it with others. We can spread it as far as we want. We can make many people happy with out happiness.

Beautiful Poem.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, rajan! So good to see you in my corner. Thank you so much for the votes and sharing.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

My dear Victoria, so good to know this poem has such a positive effect on you. Thank you so much for telling me. Take care!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

anupma, we get people and people. I don't like those who stubbornly refuse to make others happy; I adore those who are willing to forget about their own issues, disappointments and frustrations while they constantly try to make others happy. I am not saying people should be people-pleasers, but people should not project their negative feelings and thoughts onto others. Thanks for your thought-provoking comment.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Just came back to say loved it again! and voted up and shared!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Nell Rose! Since I published this poem I've discovered more happiness. I guess it is time to write #3.


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Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Happiness is so illusive that rarely we recognize it when is in our hand. It seems that only looking back at memories we understand happiness and we feel how lucky we were at that moment. There are probably some lucky people who can identify the moment, but I suppose they are few and far between


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Petra, thank you so much for your visit and profound comment. I recognize happiness the moment I see it, because I desperately wanted it in vain for many-many years. We always recognize our dreams when it become reality - we know exactly what we wanted the day we find it, unless we are one of those lucky people born with a silver teaspoon in our mouths. Then we will take happiness for granted and only recognize it when we lose it and it become memories to be cherished.

I did a hub on happiness, titled: Perspectives: Knowing Your True Self - Happiness is Mind over Matter.

Good to see you again, Petra :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I agree with Petra. Happiness is something we don't see until we lose it sometimes and go "Hey, it was better when...." Your poem teaches us to recognize and capture the moments. Thanks for sharing, and I share too.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi midget, you just reminded me of the sayings, "better the devil you know" and "be careful for what you wish for"...

Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day!


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Good to see you still riding that wild horse of happiness Martie... may you never need to use your spurs, as you can get years and years of truly great experiences from the right saddle :) Nice work this one... you take care my friend and......... YeeeeeHaaaaaaa!!!!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Pearldiver, good to see you! It's now 7 months of happiness with a miracle - a man who just can't manage to do something 'wrong' in my eyes. But I guess true love is truly blind. So let's hope I stay stoneblind for the rest of my life. YeeeeeHaaaaa!!! :)))))


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

It's not a miracle Martie... the love you give is the love you get... and sometimes you don't need spurs :) Soak up the sun of your contentment and know that many are happy that you found out again how much you love the glow... you take care and thanks for enjoying my poetry... PD


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, PD :) I am truly in awe. Those poems are so profound and worthy to ponder. Thanks for the nice advice.

I must tell you that the love I give is not always the love I receive. Currently I get it back with interest, but in the past I've made some disastrous investments :)


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

You're welcome Martie... when then, you must (at least from an accounting perspective) balance the ledger with the reality, that learning to persist enough to secure a great investment and maintain the focus it takes to make it work for you.... is generally at least equal to the benefit your receive... (it takes two)... There.... how's that for beans? :) You deserve the happiness... don't ever forget that mate... enjoy the Netball Quad series... it's NZ vs Sth Africa today... take care.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Pearldiver, being an accountant myself, I know exactly what you mean. When it comes to love, I am a millionaire. Now let's see who's going to win today's match. I once was a Netball player myself.... Love the game! Take care...


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! I love this poem. Thanks for sharing.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Thelma. Are you on Facebook? I want to post an appropriate picture on your wall :)

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