Joy sign light up on brick wall with someone's hands underneath it reaching up

Prompt #15 – Joy

The prompt this week is a quote. Well actually it is a poem by the amazing Mary Oliver.

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it.
There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
~ Mary Oliver

It was really the first two sentences and the last one that caught my attention but it is just a thought provoking poem in it’s entirety so I decided to include it all

The poem is called Don’t hesitate but I think it is something we all often do when present with joy or the opportunity for joy. The idea that we should embrace it with determination and seek it out aplenty is not a message society like to gives unless joy is directly related to capitalism.

How you want to approach this prompt is as always up to you. Feel free to write about the poem and the message within it or just write about joy in general. What does that word mean to you? What brings you joy?

Maybe you write fiction, maybe just an image, maybe a poem of your own. As always, this is an offering of an idea to inspire you.

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