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RONNA BLOOM

Happiness



Happiness is coming for me      unexpectedly     from the sky

somewhere over Thunder Bay, 1125 miles from where I'm heading, 10 AM on the wing.


It came rushing in with parcels of air laden like a Christmas shopper.

No, it was very light.


My eyes had become overstimulated by the brightness at the window

but couldn't stop looking      they were there, we all were     in the air


and the sky was coming for us with everything it carried.


Minutes before it was carrying the worry of many

furrowed foreheads, a knot of worry promising not to let go.

Then it did - it did let go and outside


it was so sunny it hurt.


And happiness (the only word)

came rushing up like a big bully and pushed right in.


It sounds like bragging, but I could see from this window that I am not special.

Happiness was just out there     in the air

and Lord knows what's coming next.


RONNA BLOOM is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017), was longlisted for the 2018 City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB, translated into Spanish and Bengali, and used in the work of filmmakers, doctors, academics, spiritual leaders, and architects. She is currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence at Sinai Health.


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