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Happiness is a state of mind, often independent of externalities.
TURN OF FATE—a sonnet

Why lament that He gave you so much pain?
Why think pleasures you have few and meagre?
Why wish to have joys again and again?
Why for a painless life be so eager?

You may think you are burdened the utmost,
But look around, you’ll find it is not true.
Those who are rich and of their treasures boast,
Have countless troubles, which they always rue.

Life’s pleasure needs to be balanced with pain.
They’re aspects of the one and the same coin.
In mind only are thoughts of loss or gain.
Why the latter, from fate, we should purloin?

Wisdom tells us it is the state of mind,
That marks a turn as pleasant or unkind.

M C Gupta
24 May 2005
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