Today's poem is by Michael Dennis Browne

The Old Happiness

bring back the old happiness
you remember the one

no inner organs laboring
no struggling of the years to come

at yesterday's service for a man
who ended his life, then lingered

the best moment not the kindly
sprightly silver pastor

but the trio of grandchildren
doing a Beatles number, swaying,

pretty much on key and warbling away
in the dialect of the old happiness

Copyright © 2014 Michael Dennis Browne All rights reserved
from The Voices
Carnegie Mellon University Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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