The Key to Joy
by Jason Tomlinson

The door to joy is locked and few have the key
few understand what is required if its capture is to be
the key to joy is avoided by most though it is very good
the key to joy is sadness though it is oft misunderstood
for it may seem that they exist in opposition
impossible cooperation irreconcilable position
but they actually have a partnership and a pretty good one too
sadness and joy coming through
bringing you and me through all kinds of stuff
both are required to get over what’s rough
sadness for acceptance and joy for optimism
without both it’s just perpetual pessimism
which will cripple malign and destroy
sadness is the key to unlock joy