The Categories of Delight


The categories of delight
     Are difficult to specify;
As if a dreamer of the night
     Were asked his dreams to codify.

There is delight in something cool
     To drink on sticky summer days
When life revolves around the pool
     Beneath the sun's consuming blaze.

Time spent with those we value most
     Gives love a chance to fully bloom;
The heart is a delighted host
     Who finds inside sufficient room.

A well-conceived expression may
     Enchant the ears of those who hear;
Fine melodies that gently play
     Invoke a joy surpassing fear.

A walk along the shore can bring
     An all-encompassing delight
Where each and every living thing
     Is part of something strong and bright.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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