Choosing Happiness Over Circumstance (a Christmas Eve Happenstance of Joy)


Could we duplicate the way it all went down,
the way our troubled frowns turned up
-side down?

Probably not.

Sammy’s was serendipity. Sammy’s was a sigh
of relief, a place for seven to sit and exhale, talk
well of the twinkled lights and sparked promise
we had just witnessed.

After church,
no room
at the

So seven slightly grumpled, rumpled
souls walked across a courtyard,
and into an opportunity.

A waiter, shepherding a shift for a coworker
whose husband is sparring with cancer.

(wise men)
cooks, trying to get through
one last late shift before having
one day off to breathe.

A single mama and her jammied sweet
son at a nearby table, sharing
our cotton candy delight.
Her check paid

We left laughing,
my Daddy’s wallet quite a bit
poorer, each of our hearts
spilled over in sticky,
grateful smiles.


Written for Poets United





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13 Responses to Choosing Happiness Over Circumstance (a Christmas Eve Happenstance of Joy)

  1. Mary says:

    This made ME smile! I am sure this Christmas Eve will be remembered for a long, long time!

  2. Susan Chast says:

    Beautifully expressed, this modern chance to give with echoes in the holiday and the holiday story. What a joy! Even in how you tell it. We could sing it as a new Christmas carol. Thank you!

  3. A big “awwww” and smiles from me!

  4. Sherry Marr says:

    How lovely….I adore such random acts of kindness…….

  5. gc1963 says:

    Joy lies in giving and doing for others, sometimes, anonymously!

  6. Amit Agarwal says:

    Very beautifully penned!

  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a heartwarming piece 🙂
    Beautifully penned.

  8. Panchali says:

    Such a sweet poem….truly evocative!

  9. Ava Hypatia says:

    Beautiful. I am glad I am readying more of your work right now brought on by the “scents” challenge.

  10. Amrit Sinha says:

    A beautiful piece … have a great 2016 🙂

  11. Shawna says:

    I especially like the last two stanzas.

  12. ihatepoetry says:

    Thank you, my dear. The poem I wrote today was about the end of the Christmas season, and this provided the perfect closing imagery for me. Loved this. Happy New Everything!

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