If you have acquired a taste for happiness

it’s very hard to do without

so you try jollity for a while




Song is one of the famous methods

for continuing or entrenching happiness

You may say  what

about sex is it its own

keen pleasure or according to some

the night’s sorrow

Here is another example of ordinary joy

it is prose but uses whole days and nights

the gathering together of comrades

in bitter disagreement then resolution

followed by determined action.

Still the face of life will change

partly because of those miserable scratches it makes

on its own aging surface



in the risky busy labor of Repair the World

after which for the unsated there will surely be

talking all night dances in schoolrooms and kitchens

and later


of happiness the most famous of all


—Grace Paley