Happiness Does Not Depend on Weather

Music: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland,
der von uns den Gottes Zorn wandt (BWV 665).

By J.S. Bach. Sequenced by Margareth Greentree at Kunst der Fuge.

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Nicholas Gordon

Happiness does not depend on weather,
Although it sometimes helps to see the sun.
Precisely where one's labor is one's joy.
Yearning finds its answer in compassion.
Given the uncertainties of weather,
Rain and night in league against the sun,
All must find their happiness within,
Depending on their love of life for joy,
United by the bonds of their compassion.
And all should value knowledge, regardless whether
Tentative or salient as the sun,
In which one sees the world without within,
Open window to the source of joy,
Nor more nor less than one's sustained compassion.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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