There’s a right ratio
for happiness, tabulated
in a series of checkboxes, plus/minus
a tally of smiles.

My recipe is less complex:

a meeting of heat and sweet,
cider vinegar and salt
that dances chipotle jelly across the palate
in a palette of everything
the tongue can paint

and, tasting that bliss

I will not count anything
but clouds, or maybe stars,
settled tight against the belly
of the hill I’m sitting on.

That’s the math
of happy.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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37 Responses to proportionality

  1. kip says:

    Okay, I’m a little jealous of your genius. Well done.

  2. jeglatter says:

    Susan, stopping by to say that I love when you do math and science! -Jennifer

  3. davidtrudel says:

    It adds up for me.

  4. Yum! Sounds wonderful … and now I know why you grow your own chillis 🙂

  5. unfetteredbs says:

    Tasting bliss through your words. Delight for my senses

  6. annotating60 says:

    Very impressive. Well done.>KB

  7. yeoldefoole says:

    I’m Luvin’ This!!!!

  8. delightful and tasty

    • Thank you, Paul! I have been all about smell and taste lately in my writing. That’s what happens when you write while a little hungry, I guess.

  9. Wonderful calculation

  10. janehewey says:

    oh, this is tasty…piquant, even.

  11. isn’t simplicity and gratitude for these supposedly everyday things the answer to prayer? You are sweet inspiration dear!

  12. nelle says:

    Just the right combination.

  13. kaytheauthor says:

    This is real I enjoyed reading.

  14. Wow, a recipe called happy balance – blend portions of sweet with sprinkling of sweat, add a dash of heat and a splash of cool; ignore the numbers and weights and the past, feel and taste the now once the mind is fine then, sit back and enjoy the present of the present!

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