The Pain In The Pen

I finally understand why bitter love
Poems are popular, why sadness
Is a more frequent muse than elation.

It is not because pain is stronger than pleasure,
But because we guard joy like a dragon does gold.
We believe happiness is a thing that can be taken away
From us. We lock it up and hide it in order to protect
What makes us happy from everyone–including ourselves.

Copyright 2013
A. J. Hayes
Give a poet a pen