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a letter to lost joy

Poem written March 24, 2021

By Starlight StormPublished 10 months ago 1 min read
a letter to lost joy
Photo by Jackson David on Unsplash

Hey joy

A friend asked me today

To write you a letter

I told him I would, so here we are

My friend asked me to think

About what it is that's missing

To try to describe

What's changed since I was living

Not existing, not surviving –

Really living

After some thought

I decided it's you

Many things have changed

But when you boil it down

I lost you

You're hard to describe

Not really happiness

Not mere contentment

You're a merge and blend

Of those and more

It can be weird to think about

But I don't need to be happy

To have joy

Bad days are bad, but I can get over it

As long as I have you

I think that's a difference

Between sadness and depression

When I'm sad, I can still have joy

When I'm depressed...well, I've lost you

And when I've lost you, I've lost myself

It's weird to think about it

How much I relied on you

Without even realizing it

Each day, each week, I depended on you

And did things to rejuvenate you

Now I've lost you

And I don't know how to get you back

I've tried all the usuals

Reading, biking, playing in the snow

But something's missing

Maybe I'm not doing enough

You come back, but then you fade away

It's been a while, but I think I've decided

Maybe, just maybe

To keep you here, I need a friend to share you with

sad poetry

About the Creator

Starlight Storm

Lover of nature, friend of the stars, weaver of legends.

Storyteller and photographer, I aim to give voice to the voiceless and share the beauty of creation.

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