Six Word Fridays: joy


i wish it was like jam

spread thickly, sticking sure to everything

delicious variety too – providing a sweetness

that smothers sorrow and bitter discontent

giving life bright colour and flavour

jars of happiness, delight – opened, shared

with more cellared in our hearts

for those future days of need

Photo credit to futurewoman on Flickr. 

Melissa’s prompt for this week’s Six Word Fridays is joy and since it’s full-on jam-making season, it got me thinking that joy and jam could be one and the same. For more Six Word Fridayness, visit Making Things Up.

19 Responses to “Six Word Fridays: joy”

  1. ayala

    Mel, this is delicious !

  2. melgallant

    Thanks Ayala! I’ve had jam on my mind so it clicked as an analogy for this week’s Six Word prompt. 🙂

  3. iseeyoulookingatme

    I wish too! There’s such melancholy in this, Mel. Of course, that’s what I see. That’s where I sit. Everyone sees poetry differently. Which is the joy of art!

    • melgallant

      Hi Caroline,

      A little bit of melancholy yes b/c unfortunately there isn’t enough joy go around. Let’s hope the joy that is in our lives sticks! 🙂

  4. Colleen

    If joy stuck thickly to everything, we’d take it far too much for granted and it wouldn’t feel as joyous as it does. But, I really wish it could. Days full of joy rather than worry or hurt would be wonderful for the world.

  5. Adrienne

    Yummmmm! This brought such a smile to my face and heart!

  6. Brook @2bdancing

    I think joy does spread thickly, and while you can’t can it, it does leave a residue that you can lick off your fingers later. Plus if you look you can find little hidden sticky fingerprint reminders that it, and you, have been there before.

  7. Belinda

    Hi Mel, I wasn’t feeling particularly joyful when I started writing my post but when I finished, I was happy. But yes, there doesn’t seem to be enough joy…I was in a long brainstorming meeting yesterday for a big human rights event this fall and it wasn’t easy to see the brutalities that so many people endure in so many parts of the word. Love the jam comparison.

    • melgallant

      Wow Belinda, Planning a human rights event must be a challenging and uplifting experience all at the same time. Glad you like the jam comparison. Joy should be sticky! 🙂

  8. Heidi

    I love the imagery you use here. So very powerful!

  9. Molly@Postcards from a Peaceful Divorce

    I saw joy as food as well. I love the idea of jars of happiness. I’ll go open one now.

  10. Sara

    This brought me so much joy, especially this line “that smothers sorrow and bitter discontent” Pass the jam!

  11. Melissa

    Joy preserves. With that, you could make a fortune. Love.

  12. cj Schlottman

    Wonderful imagery, Mel. You took the idea of “spreading the joy” to an all-time high. I love this.


  13. susan

    Eloquent. Such a beautiful metaphor. I always smile when I come here. Thank you for that 🙂


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