Immunity from Sorrow



One great advantage of your cynicism,

you might say, is that it takes

very little to get you happy, that

because you always prepare for the worst

and cross your fingers for the best, you have

somehow purchased for yourself a certain

measure of immunity from sorrow.

Except that those days you’ve purchased

seem to find you on your toes for most

of your waking hours, and at night you

couldn’t sleep soundly on your back.

Except there are more and more moments

when you suspect that insouciance

is not the same thing as joy.


[June 2013]


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