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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: The Sunny Side of Sad
By David Butler


When dark clouds cover up the sun,
Your day is wrapped in gloom.
You’d think there wouldn’t be much fun
Just sitting in one’s room.
But there depression can create
(I know it sounds real rad)
A cheering list of things I hate –
The sunny side of Sad.

Cholerics bold raise my choler,
At Sanguines bright I groan.
We melancholics would prefer
To just be left alone.
Relaxed phlegmatics, so laid-back,
I envy – just a tad.
They say there’s something that I lack:
The sunny side of Sad.

And O, those sweet well-meaning folk
Who try to cheer one up
They seem to think that life’s a joke
Like foolish Fred, my pup;
Like sister Fran, so full of fizz;
Like cheery Mum and Dad;
Or li’l bro Ben who thinks there is
A sunny side to Sad

They patronize: “You’ll be OK!”
Yeah, that’s all very well!
It doesn’t help when every day
You face your daily hell.
That “Don’t worry, just be happy!” thing
Is just a stupid fad.
You’d think the Herald Angels sing
The sunny side of Sad.

Their “Every cloud has silver linings”
Makes me want to heave.
They cannot understand my whinings,
Neither can they grieve.
You’ll hear my sobs, my spits and spats
From here to Stalingrad;
My gleeful gripes and grouches – that’s
The sunny side of Sad.
“When times are tough, just praise the Lord!”
I heard the preacher say.
That’s why, at church, I get so bored
And want to walk away.
Attention with my grumps abound.
It drives the Pastor mad.
I wonder if he’s ever found
A sunny side to Sad?

Few things can irritate me more
Than having some bright smarty
Show slides of kids who’re truly poor,
Which spoils my pity party!
Those starving children’s soulful eyes
Say “Things aren’t quite so bad.”
They seem to see, to my surprise,
A sunny side to Sad.

And what about that man, in pain,
Who suffered such great loss?
They never heard Him once complain
Though suffering on a cross.
So why should I bewail my woes.
Of much I should be glad.
For He is One Who really knows
The sunny side of Sad.

Copyright 2007

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Marilyn Schnepp 08/03/07
Love it, Love it, Love it! What else can I say? Great message, great insight, some big words I didn't understand...but I still Loved the "Sunny Side of Sad"...what a gem!
Peter Stone08/03/07
Excellent poem! Very amusing portrayal of the four personality types. I'm phlegmatic myself and indeed can see the sunny side of sad in most things. Also loved the way you contrasted the melancholic view of life with real issues such as child poverty and Christ's quiet sacrifice.
Julie Arduini08/04/07
I loved this! So creative!
Dee Yoder 08/04/07
Masterful poet! Very smart and precise with each description!
Jan Ackerson 08/05/07
What a tremendously clever approach! Really well done.
Joanne Sher 08/05/07
I absolutely LOVED this (of course, I'm a silver lining gal!) - excellent rhyme, meter, message, and word choice throughout. An absolute gem.
william price08/05/07
Very good. I enjoyed the read. Especially out loud. God bless.
Dara Sorensen08/06/07
Great rhyme and flow of the poem! I too loved how you put the "four personality types" within the piece too.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/06/07
I loved your creative idea and your representations of the sunny sides of sad. The last stanza was my favorite.
Kristen Hester08/07/07
Bravo! I have to say even though I am a sanguine, I really loved your poem. I thought the entire thing was going to be light and fun, but you even had a deep point at the end. Great job.
Julie Ruspoli08/08/07
This is magnificent! My daughter and I read it together and laughed when those who do not understand depression probably wouldn't. I have the feeling after reading it of, Wow, someone understands. Great job explaining feelings.
Dianne Janak12/23/07
I was breezing through some old gems of the past, and came across this one. It appealed to me on so many levels... since I am part MEL.. part sanguine.. a very weird combo.. and I do believe there is a sunny side to SAD.. Blessed are those who mourn.. for they shall be comforted... GOOD writing David as always.. it made me think alot differently about depressive episodes... Dianne