Road to Happiness

Destiny and a thirty-year old wish brought me to this heart-warming scene, accentuated by a snow-covered blanket.  (Athabasca River, Alberta)


Taught in days of innocence

When I dreamed with the clouds

That striving for a specific destination 

Was the recipe for success


Happiness escaped the equation

Life’s multi-textured blanket

Rubbed me the wrong way

More rough spots than comfort


Shining light of future expectations

Drew in looming, dark shadows

And the storms rolled in

Life became a survival game


Moments cried out for heart-felt alternative

Change of direction into the unknown

Yearning to find peace, embracing my birthright

One shining star showed me the way


“Happiness is your birthright. Live it!  (Harbhajan Singh Yogi)


Patrick’s Challenge: Blanket

V.J.’s Challenge: Destination







About Olga

I have always had an affinity for artistic endeavors and the beauties of nature. The power of the word combined with photography have become my creative spark.
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16 Responses to Road to Happiness

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    This gave me shivers, Olga. The progression is so rich with images, and the message so relevant. How you captured youth with: “when I dreamed with the clouds” to the “rough” patches, and the “shining light of future expectations”, and eventual wisdom. Very well written.

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  2. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Beautiful imagery and indelible truth in this poem, Olga.

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    • Olga says:

      Thank-you, Lindy. Sometimes truth has be looked at, remembered and lived. I enjoy writing when it brings me closer to my true self. 🙂


  3. Arati says:

    Breathtaking, everything slows down, I’m aware of my breath and feel myself being drawn into the distance and the silence.

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  5. oneletterup says:

    The imagery here is stunning! And wow what a photo to go along with your poem. Very nice!

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  7. Such a beautiful scene. And such a traditional image, for you. 😉

    And a beautiful — if difficult — journey in the words. The hard path… a path of great resistance… the inevitable path, when we make the hard choice, the courageous choice, at every fork.

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    • Olga says:

      Thank-you, Patrick. ❤ I find sometimes that a certain juxtaposition word-feelings can evoke a sense of enlightenment and color the story of one’s life with new meaning. A new perspective can be life-enhancing. 🙂


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