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Choosing Happiness

I've had my share of troubles in life, though not as much as some have had. But I've discovered that happiness - or a lack of it - never really comes from my friends or foes. Although they do influence it, it's really up to me.

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Analysis of Form and Technique

The Choice Is Mine

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Published: January 11, 2018

Life may not let me choose my lot,
But whether I'd be happy or not...
That is my choice.

To leave hurtful memories behind
Or allow them to bother my mind...
The choice is mine.

To fret over a mistake when it's done
Or learn from it and move on...
The choice is mine.

To be bothered by all that people say
Or ignore them and go my own way...
The choice is mine.

To hide my feelings, pent up, unspoken,
Or say my mind and ease the burden...
The choice is mine.

To enjoy what I've been able to gain
Or ungratefully regard it with disdain...
The choice is mine.

Sometimes I won't get to pick my lot,
But whether I'll be happy or not
Will always be my choice.

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For Students - Analysis of Form and Technique

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Techniques this poem uses:

  • This poem has a strong sense of structure. Each stanza shares two ways to look at life (a positive and a negative).
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  • The poem is made up of stanzas consisting of three lines.
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  • This poem uses the repetition of “this is my choice” at the end of each stanza to reinforce that we each have the power to decide our own happiness.
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  • by Meryl M. Colquhoun, Canberra Australia
  • 7 months ago

I really loved this poem. It is simple but lovely, the sort of thing you could hand to anyone troubles with life. The choice is theirs to let things worry them and spoil their live or to get on, get going, and see there is no point in dwelling over something you can't change. The choice is theirs/mine. I love it. Five stars!

  • by Naila A. Rais
  • 7 months ago

I loved reading it. It helped me a lot to be happy and enjoy life.

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