Photo: Dandelion, Tahoe City, CA
Why I Am Happy
Now has come, an easy time. I let it
roll. There is a lake somewhere
so blue and far nobody owns it.
A wind comes by and a willow listens
I hear all this, every summer. I laugh
and cry for every turn of the world,
its terribly cold, innocent spin.
That lake stays blue and free; it goes
on and on.
And I know where it is.
— William Stafford
Some of the reasons why I am happy:
- There is a young boy called Victor who, when given the fortune to throw a penny into a fountain, wishes for: freedom for all people.
- A (Paul) Bunyanesque dandelion (out of a storybook scene) appears on my path after I ask for a sign I am headed the right way.
- It is, at last, raining in California, and some days it is simultaneously raining and sunny. Everything seems tipped with silver, sparkles.
- Spring semester means creative writing students are collaborating on blogs again:
Please follow these explorers, comment on their words, and like them. I cannot promise they will make you feel happy, but they will make you feel.