After a year where
our lives and pleasures were
limited, we ponder
the idea of “the happy place”
the place where an individual has the
soul-moment of true and exquisite
A happy place…
Is where you come to be…
It’s so individual, it can’t be mapped.
Nor found on a GPS.
The painter, in the backyard garden, or the
studio, painting, feeling peace surrounded
by the paraphernalia of their artistry.
The writer composing late into the
quiet of the night finding the awe in a
shooting star then
searching for the perfect rhyme,
a poem on the tip of their tongue.
A happy place is an earthy spot where
things grow - and decay. – a garden,
a wasteland – and where
the circle of life deeply and profoundly
It’s you in a familiar place –
a sunlit yoga studio,
lying on your mat,
Breathing in the joyous
pleasure of being there.
As an experience and emotion
“a happy place” is so individual
it’s almost indescribable.
It can be a building, or a
attics, garden sheds
Or public –
under a favoured tree in a public park,
or a rock by the lake.
They can also be verboten.
A place you discovered –
a secret orchard where trees
grow wild in a tamed-out city…
A decommissioned factory.
A happy place isn’t static.
It can move with you.
It can be gazing out the window of a train,
and feeling detached from everything
but the blur of passing scenery.
A happy place
can be an object.
An instrument played.
Or the book that brings
A happy place can be with another.
But the solitary provides a fertile ground
for the “hp” experience.
Like the person whose happy place
lies on top of a local hill
overlooking their home city and who explains
the happiness comes from being
Apart, and yet A part (of).
A happy place can be gloriously familiar.
Say, the place you nightly descend upon -
the cocoon of your bed.
A happy place can be long lasting.
But also fleeting.
Because really a happy place
is the soul moment…
and it’s all in the mind.
where difficulties are
And where you feel
A happy place can be an incidental
You’ll know where it is,
because of what you feel
Contentment, but richer.
The feeling that everything
is perfectly and utterly
emotionally and physically aligned,
right where you are.