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"Joy" A Poem by Russell E. Willis

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Elemental, essential.

Not merely the opposite of sadness.

Profound, deep happiness.

Peace, not the absence of violence, but the presence of well-being.

Connection with creation, and thus with the Creator, a shared experience.

Our souls thirst for joy like our bodies thirst for water.

Without water we cannot live.

Without joy it is too painful to love.

© 2018 Russell E. Willis

First appeared in The Write Launch, Online Issue, January 2019

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