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QOTD – September 24 – Do You Write Happy Words?

Yesterday I was asked if I ever write happy words – if my songs, or poems, or stories, are ever actually glass-half-full type pieces. The answer is simple: No.

It has nothing to do with a want to be “emo,” or “dark,” whatever. It’s simply the fact that I do not feel as if my best material contains a happy ending. I think it is genuinely difficult for an author to write an honestly happy piece of work. We are typically at our most pensive, and analytically driven when we’ve been through something that leaves its rough emotional mark, and I don’t feel as if it should be wasted by some need to only write down happy words.

Now, let me clarify this a bit. I’m sure that over time I’ve written a few happy pieces. I mean, I think it would be silly to assume that everything I’ve written has been done with dark overtones. I just think there is a place an time for everything, and when I’m on top of my game its because my sardonic sense of humor is pouring from each and every pore of my body.

So, with that, your Question of the Day:

Do you write happy words?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “QOTD – September 24 – Do You Write Happy Words?

  1. J. Gabriel Allan
    September 24, 2013

    I find my best work tends to be judgmental or sarcastic– most likely a result of listening to a lot of George Carlin in my formative years.

    However, I often find the best quips, quotes, musings, or less-than-one-paragraph long writings are affirmations. We want to feel uplifted. We want to be uplifted.

    Even if we aren’t.

    Hence, optimism and happy words in small doses. Honesty in reality.

    The French may have a point.

    So might you.

  2. Bailey Edman
    September 24, 2013

    I write happy words in honor of the dad I once had (he’s alive, but never the same), the grandparents who have showed me true love, and happy words that can inspire others to never give up. There are a lot of things to be greatful for. Being happy is just a step to a newer and happier life. Once you decide to be happy, write happiness in words and share it, you’re life changes.

  3. Carole Chase
    September 27, 2013

    As an avid baker I know that chocolate chip cookies taste more delicious when salt is added to the dough… The salt tempers the sweet. Likewise, I can’t make marinara sauce without adding a little sugar. You get the picture.

    Writing is like that for me. I write happy words sometimes, but to me the flavor is richer with the remembrance of sadness. Or maybe it’s just really late right now. It could be that.

    I think the idea is better summed up by one of my favorites (and yours, too):

    “So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

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