Friday, November 19, 2010

It's an Epidemic


In honor of shedding our funks and doubts, of trading them for courage and confidence, I am infecting you all with a new plague.  Enter the weekend happy!

Happiness Epidemic

Without any warning, the disease
sweeps across the country
like a traveling circus.

People who were once blue,
who slouched from carrying
a bag of misery over one shoulder

are now clinically cheerful.
Symptoms include kind gestures,
a bouncy stride, a smile

bigger than a slice of cantaloupe.
You pray that you will be infected,
hope a happy germ invades your body

and multiplies, spreading merriment
to all your major organs
like door-to-door Christmas carolers

until the virus finally reaches your heart:
that red house at the end of the block
where your deepest wishes reside,

where a dog howls behind a gate
every time that sorrow
pulls his hearse up the driveway.
~David Hernandez

Have a wonderful and funk-free weekend, bloggy buddies!

23 comments:

Melissa said...

Awwww I like this! Thank you! I could use a pick-me-up today :)

Kathryn said...

Happiness for the win! Thanks, this was awesome!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved this, hope you all have a happy week-end.

Yvonne.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sweet! Thanks!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

:D

Kelly said...

There should be more of those billboards to brighten people's days!
Have a great weekend, Shannon!

Heather said...

Thank you, this is awesome and I totally needed it!

KarenG said...

I like the phrase, Happiness is a Choice. Thanks for reminding me!

Theresa Milstein said...

Happy weekend to you.

And Thanksgiving is just around the corner...

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks, Shannon...your happiness is contagious...I'm smiling now...got a pot of gumbo on the stove...ahhhh!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Old Kitty said...

I'm very happy now, thank you!!!
:-) Have a great weekend!! Take care
x

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! i could feel you got lots more happiness now. that true cause now you could share it with you friends. im wishing for you to have a fun and happy weekend.
...hugs from lenny

Janna Qualman said...

Now there's an epidemic I'd welcome. :) Have a great weekend, Shannon, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Delightful, Shannon! I'll take a healthy dose of happiness any day.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Debbie Curran said...

That was great! And a lovely weekend to you too! :)

Jamie Burch said...

This is the best! Thank you, Shannon. I hope you have a fabulous weekend, too! :)

Robyn Campbell said...

I needed this as I clean, I keep coming back to read it. Clinically cheerful. I think that lady in Walmart last night needs to read this. Grrrr, hubby and I just shook our heads.

I loves ya my bff. Please ALWAYS remember that. :) You are a light that shines continually. :)

Jen Daiker said...

I'm already happy!!! :)

Shelley Sly said...

Thank you for this uplifting post. :) I certainly need the happiness epidemic to come my way these days. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Jemi Fraser said...

LOL - I'm reading this late on Sunday evening! But thanks for the lovley thoughts :)

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Great pick-me-up! I was feeling a little anxious tonight, and this was a nice break. :-)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Thanks much, and same to you!!

Alexia561 said...

Love it! :)

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