Happy Am I – inspired by a visit to Majorca

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Happy are you and happy you alone. You who can call today your own.  You who, secure within, can say –  tomorrow do thy worst for I have lived today.  Be fair or foul or rain or shine,  the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.  Not heaven itself upon the past has power.  But what has been, has been and I have had my hour.

(‘Happy is the Man’ by Horace (65 – 8 BCE) Translated by John Dryden in the 17th century, de-gendered by me)

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This is my response:

Happy am I for I have lived today.  

I have had a glimpse of the place to whom I pray.

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I have drunk the nectar from the oranges I did pluck.

And I have felt my spirit from its sorrows come unstuck.

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I have heard the birds burst out in bawdy din.

And I have danced a salsa with the sunlight on my skin.

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I have touched my roots in the ancient olive trees.

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And I have tasted heaven in a chunk of cabra cheese.

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I have skipped on rocks climbing up on stony stairs.

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And I have waltzed through olive groves and left behind my cares.

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I have walked in mountains, jagged peaks up high above.

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And I have joined my soul to the woman who I love.

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I have caught the scented joy from a purple flower.

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Now all of that has been and gone but I have had my hour.

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One Response to “Happy Am I – inspired by a visit to Majorca”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Ah the peace of seeing, feeling, loving, and sharing. Thank you, Love Lynne

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