Six Word Fridays: joy

3 06 2011

i wish it was like jam

spread thickly, sticking sure to everything

delicious variety too – providing a sweetness

that smothers sorrow and bitter discontent

giving life bright colour and flavour

jars of happiness, delight – opened, shared

with more cellared in our hearts

for those future days of need

Photo credit to futurewoman on Flickr. 

Melissa’s prompt for this week’s Six Word Fridays is joy and since it’s full-on jam-making season, it got me thinking that joy and jam could be one and the same. For more Six Word Fridayness, visit Making Things Up.

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19 responses

3 06 2011
ayala

Mel, this is delicious !

3 06 2011
melgallant

Thanks Ayala! I’ve had jam on my mind so it clicked as an analogy for this week’s Six Word prompt. 🙂

3 06 2011
iseeyoulookingatme

I wish too! There’s such melancholy in this, Mel. Of course, that’s what I see. That’s where I sit. Everyone sees poetry differently. Which is the joy of art!

3 06 2011
melgallant

Hi Caroline,

A little bit of melancholy yes b/c unfortunately there isn’t enough joy go around. Let’s hope the joy that is in our lives sticks! 🙂

3 06 2011
Colleen

If joy stuck thickly to everything, we’d take it far too much for granted and it wouldn’t feel as joyous as it does. But, I really wish it could. Days full of joy rather than worry or hurt would be wonderful for the world.

3 06 2011
melgallant

Hi Colleen – Yes, that’s what I wish for everyone too. 🙂

3 06 2011
Adrienne

Yummmmm! This brought such a smile to my face and heart!

3 06 2011
melgallant

Adrienne – I’m so glad! 🙂

3 06 2011
Brook @2bdancing

I think joy does spread thickly, and while you can’t can it, it does leave a residue that you can lick off your fingers later. Plus if you look you can find little hidden sticky fingerprint reminders that it, and you, have been there before.

3 06 2011
melgallant

Brook – so true. 🙂

3 06 2011
Belinda

Hi Mel, I wasn’t feeling particularly joyful when I started writing my post but when I finished, I was happy. But yes, there doesn’t seem to be enough joy…I was in a long brainstorming meeting yesterday for a big human rights event this fall and it wasn’t easy to see the brutalities that so many people endure in so many parts of the word. Love the jam comparison.

3 06 2011
melgallant

Wow Belinda, Planning a human rights event must be a challenging and uplifting experience all at the same time. Glad you like the jam comparison. Joy should be sticky! 🙂

3 06 2011
Heidi

I love the imagery you use here. So very powerful!

3 06 2011
Molly@Postcards from a Peaceful Divorce

I saw joy as food as well. I love the idea of jars of happiness. I’ll go open one now.

3 06 2011
Sara

This brought me so much joy, especially this line “that smothers sorrow and bitter discontent” Pass the jam!

4 06 2011
Melissa

Joy preserves. With that, you could make a fortune. Love.

4 06 2011
cj Schlottman

Wonderful imagery, Mel. You took the idea of “spreading the joy” to an all-time high. I love this.

Namaste……….cj

8 06 2011
susan

Eloquent. Such a beautiful metaphor. I always smile when I come here. Thank you for that 🙂

8 06 2011
melgallant

Thanks Susan, that means so much! 🙂

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