Artificial Happiness


Whatever keeps us going 
From one week to the next
Whatever stimulates serotonin 
Whatever suits us best

Stopping us from sinking..
Into the abyss 
The patch on the dinghy 
It's artificial happiness

A feeling of paranoia 
A sense of purpose we've missed
Lost in the hypermarket 
Without the shopping list.. 

Got God on one shoulder
Whispering the strength I should possess 
The devil on the other
Temtping artificial happiness 

We all have our vices
Be it alcohol, drugs or sex
Even Saturday night TV
It's all artificial happiness...

Keeping up with the soaps
Wasting finite consciousness 
Binge watching box sets
Artificial happiness??

Sometimes my head boils over
At the thought of wisdom unseen
Have we missed the whole point 
To what freedom should mean?

My apologies, I'm rambling.. 
I'm off on a tangent no doubt 
Going against the flow of traffic 
On a busy roundabout... 

My head can feel like a septic tank 
I have to let the shit out 
When it's full, the sewage flows freely
From the overflow spout... 

I'll admit I'm guilty too
I'm wasting my time
But my eyes are wide open 
At least I'm not blind..

Three sheets to the wind
But that's just how I sail
Would you like this in LARGE PRINT?
Would you like this in braille?

Commentary on your life & selfie shots
I don't care about how you look
You're fishing for attention 
With no bait on the hook

Are you worthy of the effort 
Are you worthy of the time?
Lets all place our bets 
See who's last in line...

It takes a strong stomach 
For the shit I digest
Don't laugh at others misfortune 
When you could be next... 

Are we living freely?
All individual and unique 
Or just clones of each other? 
Like Dolly the sheep?
What it boils down to is...
Are we cursed or are we blessed?
I think we're  just robots... 
With artificial happiness

  • Author: Syd (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 9th, 2017 12:53
  • Category: Reflection
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  • orchidee

    A fine write Syd. I started with 'soap-land' happiness, then saw 'Eastenders' and plunged into dark depression. Then again, so would anyone! lol.

    • Syd

      Thanks Orchidee,

      Couldn't agree more with Eastenders lol. There's always someone dying or having an affair at Christmas on all the soaps (the last time I watched anyway which was many years ago)

      The majority of humans love to see others suffer even if it is only fiction. If everyone was happy and enjoying themselves no one would watch them. Sort of gives a bad impression of the human race.

      Take care - Syd

    • Goldfinch60

      Super write and so true, I always think that I am very fortunate Syd that although there are worries in my life I do have true happiness.

      • Syd

        Hi Goldfinch, I'm glad you do have true happiness as I also do. I was in a certain mind frame when I wrote this. Of course all happiness isn't artificial, what first inspired me was thinking about anti depression tablets but then it evolved into this poem.

        Thanks for reading and leaving feedback. Take care - Syd

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