Reasons To Be Cheerful
….with good humour and a radiant smile
I often ask myself: is there any room
for happiness, in these days of gloom?
Yes of course, there are reasons aplenty
for me to be cheerful in Twenty-twenty.
I wake up in the morning, glad to be alive
and I no longer work from nine to five.
Now that I’m retired, I’m a man of leisure;
I feel relaxed, not under constant pressure.
My time is my own, I can do what I like;
I may linger in bed or exercise on a bike.
There is a lot of scope for authors to write
a magnum opus and set the world alight.
It is a possibility I may wish to pursue;
having scribbled a bit it is nothing new.
On the other hand, I may find the need
to increase my knowledge and read.
Despite the current imposed inactivity
I still have the freedom of creativity.
Though working to excel is hard graft
I feel fairly confident in my craft.
If under lockdown, restrictions harden
I can always enjoy staying in the garden
by myself or with someone in my bubble
and it will save everyone a lot of trouble.
I would like to meet and hug my friends
but I can’t do that till the epidemic ends
– and this hasn’t been the only gripe –
yet I still see them on Zoom or on Skype.
Although some people are being fearful
that it might end in tears, I am hopeful
that we shall overcome the recent trial
with good humour and a radiant smile.
© Luigi Pagano 2020
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