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[Poetry Friday] “So Much Happiness” by Naomi Shihab Nye

What do you do with so much happiness?

Fats here.

Happy Friday! I hope you’re having a good week so far. It has been a weird week at the library. Then again, today is Friday the 13th and tomorrow is a full moon. *wink* I wanted to find a poem that is appropriate for Friday the 13th but I came across another poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. I figured her poem is better than all Friday the 13th poems combined. Besides, we could all use a poem about happiness.

Many thanks to Laura at Writing the World for Kids for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday round-up!

The Glossary of Happiness. Image courtesy of The New Yorker.

So Much Happiness

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.

Read the rest of the poem here.

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

4 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “So Much Happiness” by Naomi Shihab Nye

  1. Linda Mitchell

    Oh, I love this! Thank you for sharing this poem this week. It’s just wonderful. I can’t help but share it too.


  2. I love the way this poem makes me think about the fundamental differences between the way happiness and sadness feel. I especially love the floating away part Thanks for sharing this–hadn’t read this one before, I don’t think.


  3. Thanks so much for this Fats. I can never get enough of Naomi Shihab Nye!


  4. So glad you found and shared this poem–we all need more of “Happiness” thanks Fats! Hope this week brings some happiness your way…


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