We had a great time at The Festival of Happiness in Settle last weekend. Well done to our friends at Settle Stories for organising it. It was burning hot sunshine in the morning and monsoon-like rain in the afternoon, but hey! this was the May Bank Holiday weekend!
Around 40 people, young, old and in the middle came along and added a line or two. The result is this funny, witty, moving, thought provoking poem - one to be very proud of!
Here's the first line of our poem today
Just add your own to make it grow
Then everyone young and old can say
"With our happy poem off we go!"
It's great to be here hunting our the fun
Settle for nothing less.
Join in the yoga, meditation Tai-chi
All ways of relieving your stress!
Family and Friends is happy days
best served with sunshine, gratitude and
Look around you let the juices floe
Do it today – there may be no tomorrow
So live today as if it were your last
Live in the present – not the past.
Beauty is located in the smallest of places
Keep your eyes peeled for love's delicate traces
Just the shape of a leaf or smile of a stranger
Only Travel miles of smiles...
Here is Settle this doesn't mean danger
Banter and Blessings in Yorkshire's great land
United with the power of a belting brass band 😊
Vibrating Settle, the town with a buzz
Join in, have fun, as everyone does
The Stalls and pub some have buns
Sing and Dance and laugh out loud
On our own or in a crowd
Let down the hair that remains
Tomorrow will not be the same
Seasons come and seasons go
Friends say 'goodbye' and new ones 'Hello'
The cottage that we stay in Settle
has brass, wood and metal
Views over the crag, green and brown
Fireworks light up this friendly town
I've just been to the Fest of laughter
And enjoyed several happy things
But nothing deserved a BAFTA
like when the strollers sings
I like playing on my scooter around the lanes of Giggleswick
I wish I had a hooter and I'm very quick
On my scooter I'm very slick!
I can do a great trick
Happiness is with family and friends
Singing, walking, joy that never ends!
It's a hard rain crashing on the roof
beating the rhythm happiness is truth! 😊
Lightning flashes illuminate ideas
Thunder rolls, drowning out fears
Dance in the storm. Today, every day
Never give in, never give way!
The beautiful caterpillar wiggles across the page
It's been raining cats and dogs
And turned our gardens into bogs
Now the weather is fine and dandy
But 'tis still wise to have t'brolly handy
So with thanks to our creative friends
Now it's time our poem ends!