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The Infinite Happiness Machine

By JOSE ESPINEL

 

“What does it do?”

 

It:

 

  1. Unabashedly rubs shoulders,

Even the rough ones!

 

  1. And its hands remain open to greet yours,

Even the rough ones!

 

  1. Draws you close in

Indiscriminate embrace,

 

  1. Sours your anger fully to

Sweetness,

 

  1. Radiates upon your countenance

A sort of electric warmth –

Enough to bake away

Tears, to see clearly:

 

Its two wiry thumbs

Helping you prop up a malleable

smile;

 

Its hand patting your ear,

Yours – friend,

Inviting you to hear it sing:

In familiar voice,

Thrice through octaves, mood, and

melodies:

 

“Good day to you!”

 

“Good day to you!”

 

“Good day to you!”

 

Today is a good day

To be you,

Affirms your friend,

 

The Infinite Happiness Machine.

 

   –  J.L.W.