Happiness is... (a poem)

Credit to David Williams
Credit to David Williams

Happiness is

seeing a camel thorn tree silhouetted

against a misty sky wedded

to creatures known

and unknown.

Credit to David Williams
Credit to David Williams
Credit to David Williams
Credit to David Williams
Credit to Wikipedia
Credit to Wikipedia

Happiness is

watching a fighting fit tortoise,

unaware of justice and injustice, 

crossing the road bravely

and safely...


Happiness is

watching a hadeda ibis -

an ex-libris of sadness in extremis -

taking off for a destiny

not subjected to scrutiny.

Credit to Wikipedia
Credit to Wikipedia
Credit to David Williams
Credit to David Williams

Happiness is

making choices not knowing the end

beyond the first bend –

Happiness is true

just being with you.


© Martie Coetser

Celebrating my birthday (15 April) with David Williams

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

This poem is just my way of saying hi to all my friends. I’m still enjoying a fantastic holiday with David, wishing it could last forever. I’m looking forward to read what you have written during my absence by the end of May. Only best wishes from me to you and yours!

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annaw 5 years ago from North Texas

I am soooooo happy for you. I can almost feel your joy! I am always amazed at the connection people can have with one another, beyond the mountains and seas,It has to be something special. Look forward to reading more of your work in the coming weeks.Oh by the way, nice photos

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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Ah, Kismet!

You make a handsome couple.



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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Ai Martie! So veel geluk is op jou gesig te sien. Alles van die beste, my vriend. Groete aan David ook.

I really wish you all the happiness in the world.

Love and peace


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Happy Birthday.. Happy Days... Happiness suits you Martie. :)

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Happiness is what God intended for us all along. It is a thing of beauty just like this poem. Enjoy!

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful Martie. God bless you dear.

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You are a smokin' hot couple. I'm so very happy that you and David are enjoying time and each other. Happy Easter to the both of you. Absolutely beautiful poetry from a beautiful friend.

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Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

What a beautiful poem.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely testament to your feelings for David, Martie. He is a lucky man. And Happy belated Birthday!

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I feel a great surge of joy for you both! The photo tells it all! You radiate joy! The poem is lovely too!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Aha Martie my friend, I missed you. You look wonderful, and David has that glow..Your poetry is beautiful.

David 5 years ago

Thank you Martie, For your kind words to me, Yes you have brought joy to my heart and given me a splendid view of South Africa and not to forget your friends for their welcome comments and happiness for us both.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Happy Birthday to you, and glad to see your radiant glow. Cheers!

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Abie Taylor 5 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

rated up and rated useful, funny, awesome and beautiful x will visit your other hubs sometime :)

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nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Happiness is expecting the unexpected, thanks for this hub!

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flying_fish 5 years ago from GTA

That really was quite beautiful. Indisputable too!

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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Happiness is....reading a Martie Coetser poem :)

Happy birthday and from the photo I can see you're having a lovely time.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Happy birthday Martie! The poem is lovely and shows your happiness with David and I must add that the photo does the same, you both look so happy and surrounded by love!


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

You make a lovely couple. Very nice write about true love.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** annaw – Thanks so much for your kind comment. I really enjoy sharing my current joy with everybody, much more than I’ve ever enjoyed sharing my sorrow. It seems to me I’ve always taken joy for granted and not worthy to share with others. At last I must admit to myself that my tendency as a writer to share only my sorrow falls in the category of severe neuroticism. Thanks to David I’m regaining balance I did not even realized I have lost.

*** Christopher Price – I appreciate your opinion and agree wholeheartedly with you :))) Appearing in public with David makes me feel like a teenage girl dating the captain of the 1st rugby team. Some people may regard this emotion as silly and childish, especially when one experiences it after the age of 21, but it is a real and awesome feeling one can experience and appreciate at any age.

*** tonymac04 – your comment touched my heart. Of course ‘all the happiness in the world’ is in our circumstances not the ordinary and conventional. Currently it seems to be only this 7 weeks and 2 days together – which feels like an eternity in paradise - with the possibility of future holidays. But believe me, for us it is “all the happiness in the world”. Take care, Tony! I’ll soon catch up with your writings.

*** Pearldiver – Awwww, what a beautiful thing to say to me: Happiness suits me. Thank you so much for giving me this to ponder.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** Hyphenbird – You’ve nailed the essence perfectly.

*** Micky Dee – God bless you too, my dear friend!

*** Amy Becherer – I love your comment! Only the best is my wish for you as well.

*** Marcella Glenn – I’m so glad you think so.

*** drbj – Thanks for your beautiful comment. Yes, I can see a lot of luck was present in our pasts, and I actually thank my falling stars because I’ve met David (and you and all the rest as well).

*** Nellieanna – What else with a wonderful roll model as you?

*** always exploring – I missed you too. Life is once again proving to me that we will experience joy exactly the way it was meant for us.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** David – now what shall I say to you without revealing my entire naked soul? Definitely thank you for being who you are.

*** A.A. Zavala – thank you so much for taking the time to delight me with your kind opinion and wishes. Take care!

*** Abie Taylor – Welcome in my corner! I hope you will enjoy my other hubs as well.

*** nextstopjupiter – What a beautiful statement! I have to repeat it right here: “Happiness is expecting the unexpected.” I wish you all of the best.

*** flying_fish – Nice to meet you! And thank you so much for leaving me your opinion.

*** SilentReed – how nice of you to leave me such a kind comment. Yes, you who were with me since I arrived in HubPages are definitely witnesses of one of the greatest phenomena in life: people are people because of people. All changes in me were instigated by people, and I thank God for all the opportunities I have - to meet wonderful people such as you and all others. I believe the one or three ‘devils’ that were in my life was just meant to establish the extreme level of joy I now have the privilege to enjoy.

*** thougtforce – it is so good to know you are able to see and feel my joy! I’ll catch UP with ALL your writings at the end of this wonderful time with David.

*** BobbiRant – Thank you so much for a much appreciated comment! Take care.

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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

I love the idea of happiness as making choices without knowing the end...definitely agree. Thanks for this!

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I like that one too, making choices without knowing the end! A bit of risk is always so appealing! Wonderful poem!

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Simple yet elegant. I'm so glad you are enjoying your holiday! Brightest wishes and blessings always! and Happy Birthday!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

In the end Martie, happiness is simply just knowing what happiness is and can be...the simple yet most beautiful things in life. Thanks for sharing. WB

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

@ ahostagesituation, Chatkath, Erin LeFey, Wayne Brown – I agree with all of you and especially with you, Wayne. I also have to add that the fact that happiness – which is one of the most precious emotions humans can experience – is mostly momentary, short-termed and time-bounded. Life and all its surprises and complications will never allow humans to be ‘happy forever after’. I guess this is why a Hereafter in Heaven is such a profitable product for sale.

Take care. I’ll be back by the end of May.

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goprisca 5 years ago from Bangalore


Poem is very nice. Not all the people are having the skill of thinking and writing poetically. You are lucky!

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Hello Martie I so hope that you are having a wonderful holiday with your new found love. I am looking forward to hearing your news as soon as you return!

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

A truly beautiful poem to equally match a beautiful couple sharing champagne on your birthday, can't ask for much more than that. Darn what a handsome couple and he could be my twin, I wonder if he is a distant relative of mine, he he...All the best to you two, I lift my glass and salute your LOVE may it be cherished, blessed, honored at all times and truly deep and forever. Hugs to you both...

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** goprisca – I do feel lucky, though not when I see how uncomplicated and happy people without these skills are. I can but only accept the fact that I’m part of the kind that think and write poetically – and I have to develop myself to the best I can be. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

*** acaetnna – I’m so glad you came by to read my poem. You will enjoy my news even though it could be classified as sad by people who are not able to appreciate gems hidden in reality. Many poems and articles coming up soon - thanks to David who really inspired me to refresh some of my thoughts and views.

*** saddlerider1 – Oh my word! Now that you’ve drew my attention to it – you and David indeed look like brothers. Now I am an example of women who tend to fall in love with a man who reminds them of a beloved brother. Thanks for all the best wishes and hugs. The same from me to you and yours.

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elnavann 5 years ago from South Africa

Lovely - I love the Hadeda - always feels as if they read my thoughts and mock me . . . .

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epigramman 5 years ago

..well Happiness is seeing you back at the Hub - and happiness is leaving you a nice comment on my (Lover of mine) and happiness must be with David at all times - that lucky lucky fellow and happiness is having you arrive at my hub - and happiness is seeing how well you still write - and always will write!!

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** elnavann – The hadida is indeed an extraordinary bird. Thanks for coming by!

*** epigramman – Happiness is having friends like you. What a wonderful friend you are! The one who taught you how to make a woman feel special deserves a medal. I’m looking forward to catch up on your epigrams and to organize your coronation as King Charming :))))

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful, Martie. I love this poem. You always make my heart always cheerful. Happiness comes form open mind and pure heart. Thanks for writing and share this with us. You got my vote. God bless you.


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Sa`ge 5 years ago from Barefoot Island

very beautiful piece here. I loved it. :D hugs :D

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is as uplifting as it is precious. Good wishes for both you and David, Marie. :-)

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Martie, how wonderful to hear from you and to hear of your connection with South Africa. I'm so happy that you and David have also found that connection. Peace flows throughout this piece in the animals seemingly unaware of any dangers around them. Blessings to you, my friend.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Martie I fail to see why this experience may be classified as sad by some people - I for one think it is totally awesome and incredibly wonderful. Well done to you and I wish you much happiness.

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kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

Being happy is much better than being sad. Just keep on being happy.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** prasetio30 – Happiness is indeed the product of an open mind and pure heart. The main reason for unhappiness is when we are narrow-minded and selfish and refuse to accept reality, including the personalities of others. Thanks for your vote! Take care.

*** Sa`ge – Nice to see you again! Hugs :))

*** Genna East – Thanks. Our holiday came to an end. David is back in England. Now we’re count the days to our next holiday. In the meanwhile we’ll skype-skype-skype.

*** Erin LeFey – Those animals seems to be unaware of danger, but their senses are working radars. The merest strange sound will send them running/flying. I guess we humans are too curious or too inclined to hope for the best to be like them. Take care!

*** acaetnna – oh, I knew you would be able to recognize the incredible wonder of my relationship with David. We both need a lot of space and freedom to be happy and contented. Living ‘for ever after’ together under one roof is not our idea of happiness. Oh, I wish he lived in the same town as I... but.... perhaps the distance between SA and England is the perfect space for our love to grow and last. Time will be our teacher. However, today I’m still struggling to come to terms with his physical absence. All kinds of withdrawal symptoms are always painful, but, thank heavens, not fatal.

*** kennynext - Of course! And the best of all: we have the power to choose whether we want to be happy or sad. It takes only one thought to be either happy or sad. Take care!

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dotty1 5 years ago from In my world

Beautiful poem ....x D

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

dotty1 - Thanks ... :)

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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


I am so glad to have become friends with you through NF.

Your poetry is stirring and your photos are lovely on HubPages as well. Voted UP & AB.

See you back and forth-- have a good night, mar.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

marcoujor – So nice to have you as a friend here too, and also to know you like my poetry. I like the inspiration I get and give from/to fellow-writers. True writers are normally loners, thinking much too much and too deep to the liking of ‘normal’ people - they don’t easily find the company they want/need in their vicinities. So I really appreciate my friends here and in NF. I just wish I could spend more time here and there. Take care! Yes, we’ll see each other back and forth.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, how on earth did I miss this? what a beautiful poem, and I loved your photo! cheers nell

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Nell, oh my word, after seeing that picture of me and David again, I am now too aware of the fact that I miss him tremendously. How far is Northampton from you? Perhaps you can run over and give him a hug on my behalf :))) Thanks for the visit!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Northampton is about 50 miles away from me! lol I could jump on the train if you like! ha ha

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Nell Rose – Only half an hour? Mmmm, second thought – What if he likes you more than he likes me? :)))) Maybe I should only send him an SMS :)))

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Lovely Poem on Happiness and I like the photo's. I see you definitely had a Happy Birthday. :)

Best wishes.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Lady_E! Nice to see you in my corner. Thanks for coming over for the read and kind feedback. Take care :)

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What an uplifting poem. I lift my wine glass to toast you and David to celebrate many more happy birthdays together. Cheers!

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Peggy W – I’ve just read the poem again and must say it is indeed wonderful to look at whatever there is to see in the company of somebody special. Sharing doubles pleasure. Thanks for your kind comment :)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful poem, Martie. My best wishes to the both of you. I await that once again, for myself, :) (We share a birthday month-mine is April 5).

Loved the fabulous photos and he is a handsome man!

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Denise. I'm looking forward to a second holiday with David, next year in August. I wish he could've stayed forever with me, but unfortunately we are bound by too many responsibilities in our distinct countries. In the meanwhile we live in Skype and Gmail and Facebook. What a life :)))) But we do make the best of it.

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Adwello 5 years ago from St Leonards

Looks like you enjoy peace and know how to chill out! ;)

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Adwello, yes, you've hit the nail on its head, but I'm sure all of us enjoy peace and know exactly how to chill our forever wandering spirit. Thanks for coming over for the read.

Dave UK 5 years ago

Bless you Martie for a lifetime of wonderful memories,

Dave xx

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

The best ever, Dave! I wish we can have it all over again :))) Take care!

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

You are both such a beautiful couple and I pray your romantic hearts will find each other again, no matter how many miles may be separating you both for now. Hearts have a way of finding their home. You will have it all over again, my ESP is working:-)

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Ohhhh Saddle, now you've pulled my tears. Meeting Dave was certainly the best thing ever happened to me. He restored my trust in people, especially in men, and in love. We really enjoyed a lifetime of happiness in only 7 weeks. But we had to face reality; there are so many reasons why people can not move permanently to another country, and life is really too short to mourn the ‘what could have been’. Both Dave and I are realists in spite of our romantic hearts. So we are living on, best friends forever, treasuring our memories, keeping contact… Maybe we will get another opportunity to see each other again. Just thinking about such an opportunity makes me extremely happy. Thanks so much, big brother, for wishing this for me. May your ESP soon prove itself as a fait accompli. Hugs and best wishes galore for you as well.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Beautiful thoughts and poem. And belated Happy Birthday...your picture is lovely, happy!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, frogyfish :))

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