Joy

April 1, 2010

Joy is not sentimental
It is a gift to be received
A vision to hold onto

It has a basis
A foundation that is true
A treasure hidden

It is lived in a story
Of one who modeled the path
With the joy set before him
He endured the pain

No one escapes the suffering
Each person has a story
We all have a choice to make
How we will react

When I am under pressure
Or I am tempted to do wrong
I have trained my eyes to see
I focus on joy

The fruit of this discipline
I can tell you after the years
Has been a surprising thing
Joy personified

I receive the help
When helpless I have cried out
Joy was discovered

© Terry S. Smith


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One Response to “Joy”

  1. Kin Robles said

    Terry,

    Joyologists everywhere should be spreading this wonderful line from your poem:

    When I am under pressure
    Or I am tempted to do wrong
    I have trained my eyes to see
    I focus on joy

    Thank you for sharing these works.

    Spreading the “J” word…

    Kin (aka Professor Joy)

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