If Happiness Were a Play
Stage right, go left;
Stage a smile then regret;
You must regret none of the days-
You were inside that play.
On words, alliances made-
Then fallen apart like water evaporate-
Stage left, I hope it goes right;
Those things you wrote and people you took-
Out of the play, I do hope-
The new characters you took are all you hoped.
For, a roar, and an audience at bay-
Suddenly raptures in applause;
The gauze of life’s bandages stripped away.
Exit the stage then go rightly on;
The next curtain call is a minute away.
And I hope those characters you took off the bill, they will
Forgive you someday.
Breaking legs and talking heads,
Surround you as you enter the stage-
Enter stage left, then go right-
And remember your fellow cast of mates-
As you do all of your next plays.
So the happiness shimmers.
And that shimmer remains.