The Simplicity of Happiness

After a time of turbulence
My soul feels at peace
I stand in the shade,
My walking stick resting against a sturdy tree,
And reflect on the simplicity of happiness.

Today it began for me
With a water lily in bloom
Its white petals so like a lotus
Then I saw a rhododendron blossom
Way past its season.

As I did my hike my cares drifted away
I need not pursue all those trips and projects
Freedom is at hand
Why have I sought escape?

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