Too much happiness
if it’s bringing you out
of numb state.
One two three icicles were sitting
hanging on a branch, and the loop
broke that was holding them together.
Then the birch which was wisdom
sneezed at the very idea of hearts.
Who has a heart? I don’t. Surely
you’re just dreaming of the days
that only exist in the minds of children
unused to our hanging ways
or birds that are happy flying in the sky.
Only in happiness can there be hearts
Otherwise no natural light exists.
Then raindrops evaporated into
containers of noise and played
for the seventeenth year, obliterating.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar