Poetry of Kansas

Make Somebody Happy

Some day when you are feeling blue
Because there's nothing you can do
To pass the time away___Don't stew,
      But make somebody happy.
Shake off the lethargy that holds
You in its clammy death-like molds
And only tears of sorrow holds,
      And make somebody happy.
There's flowers yet, though summer's flown,
There's happiness that can be shown,
And when you act 'tis then your own,
      Oh, make somebody happy.
The mind should see the good in men,
Should scan each heart for virtues, then
Give praise, and it will bloom again
      And make somebody happy.
For happiness reacts and grows
And spreads sweet sunshine as it goes.
It is Life's garden's sweetest rose,
      "The making someone happy."

__Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
Page 185

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