Existential Angst

Existential Angst

by Annette Gagliardi

You wear your existential angst like a new frock in May
And look with distain on those who cast a glance your way.

What do the common people know of your singular despair?
You sip the tea of discontent as you stubbornly wonder where

The next wound of insult will appear.
Take brooding offense at slightest tone,

For in this world you alone
Suffer the slings and arrows of unbearable ignorance.

And never once look upon the world with contentment,
Ne’r see the joy in a single leaf nor the delight of a petal’s glory.

For if a positive thought should enter in
How would you tell your story?


Are you happy?

Today's question is often "Are you happy?".  As a society, we have reached the stage of development that begs us to consider our mental and emotional state.

What ever happened to "are you safe?" or "are you hungry?". These measures are past, especially here  in the United States of America. We are, for the most part safe. We are, for the most part full, or at least not hungry. The evidence of that can be seen by the ever increasing waistlines amongst our populace.

Are you lonely? or Do you belong? are both questions we could ask. But, we skirt those issues easily with the "Are you happy?"  question.

This poem discusses the person who is not and perhaps will never be happy. They are so discontent as to have made it their life quest to remain unhappy.

Are you happy?

Are You Happy?

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Betty 7 years ago

Wow! I loved this one, Annette. Maybe you and I are too much alike, but I can relate to your poetry so well. Thanks for being you and sharing yourself like this.


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agaglia 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your nice comment. I'm glad that you like it. I kind of like this one, too.


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hotspur 7 years ago from England

Like your smooth style! Thanks for the poem, enjoyed it.


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donna bamford 6 years ago from Canada

I like this one too!


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agaglia 6 years ago Author

thanks for the nice comments. It came out pretty smoothly. I must have been "in a mood". =)


Betty Ann 5 years ago

Once again, you've nailed it. I think as caregivers, we often worry about our husband's and children's happiness, as if we are responsible for it. Hence the continuous questioning. So, do we set up each other to wonder about happiness. Isn't it OKAY to be unhappy sometimes? A good unhappy cry can be so cleansing...................


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agaglia 5 years ago Author

Betty Ann,

I am thinking of doing a hub (commentary, not poetry) on the idea that we all should be happy now a days.

It seems to be a common theme as I read stuff. Why? Why do we all need to be so happy all the time?

I agree with you about the cleanse of a good cry - and yes a good "Mad" day is liberating, too.

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