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"the sun rules!
the wind is right!
and i am so happy!
i am so happy!
i just want to finish
this little poem,
so i can just scream!"

i sat back in my chair,
i smelled prozac in the air.
i sipped at my coffee,
swished the bitter culture
around on my tongue
before swallowing it down.
i thought about how
i've never been taught
to appreciate a good poem.
one that makes me happy,
because it is nothing more
than sillystupidhappy.
it demands a smile as i try
and pedal my poetic grief.
is it a matter of culture?
is it the matter with me?
why am i afraid of writing
happy poetry?

About the Author (click here) © 1997 Dan Knestaut, all rights reserved
 appears here by permission

Author Notes

           "Carla's poem" previously appeared in the print publication Lighter Than Water. This piece is open to criticism, and it would be gratefully received: poem11@hotmail.com.

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