Imitating Happiness

Imitation is an art form
I can never quite master
studying the smiling faces
of beings filled with laughter

How easy it seems for some
to fill themselves up with whatever
is available in that very moment
the carefree craft of cultivating pleasure

Ashamed of all the effort needed
to experience moments of gratitude
I want spontaneous heart opening
materializing all that matters to you

An actor well-versed in playing the victim
awkward and unsure in any other role
celebration starts to seem phony
it's so tiring trying to feel full

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