Rain over Berkeley! The birds are all out
delivering the news.
The evening is wet and happy tonight.
“Is there more to happiness than feeling happy?”
the moral philosophers inquire.
Research has shown
if you spot a dime on the sidewalk
you're more likely to tell the professor your life
is fine, thank you. The effect
generally lasts about twenty minutes.
Scientists are closing in on
the crowded quarter of the brain
where happiness lives. They like to think
it's hunkered down
in the left prefrontal cortex.
“Even in the slums of Calcutta
people on the street describe themselves
as reasonably happy.” Why not be
reasonable? why not in Berkeley? why not
right now, sweetheart, while the rain
is stroking the roof?
The split-leaf philodendron is happy
to be watered and fed.
The dress I unbuttoned is more than glad
to be draped on the chair.
-- first published in The Cortland Review