Finding Joy – A Poem

The Poetics prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub today was a challenge to do something with advertising slogans and the promises they make. I immediately thought of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss in which the Once-ler makes thneeds out of truffula trees and claims that they are what all people need. And that thought led me to this poem.

Finding Joy

Whether he’s selling a thneed or a car
he’ll tell you his goods you need to go far

“Happiness lies in this latest new phone,”
declares the announcer in a low-pitched drone

Yesterday’s model is incredibly outdated
You must have the newest to feel elated

A new wardrobe, new iPod, new everything
are a definite requirement to give your life zing

Do you believe these statements are true?
Sadly, to accept them will leave you quite blue

True joy and happiness come from within
Knowing contentment is how you will win

If you trust your Creator you will enjoy
peace, grace, gladness, and joy

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


9 Responses

  1. For a short period in my life I lived the consumerist, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses lifestyle. It was a depression period that thankfully helped me to see what I was missing. Oh, and any poem referencing Theodor Geisel is okay in my book. =)

  2. Happiness does come from within – for most of us – and not in personal acquisitions.
    Sadly, there are many of us too that are only happy in ownership of the latest gadget, clothing item, etc….
    Anna :o]

  3. true… happiness and joy come from within and not at all from the clothes brands we wear or the car we drive… there seems to be a counter movement among some young people to go off-brand and that’s hip now…ha..i like that

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