Original french version available at: [link]
You can listen to me live reading it on the 71th episode of my podcast that you can find here: [link]
Poem detailed explanation:
Happiness is something very strange and I wanted to do something about it.
At first let's describe it the best I can. It's rare, indeed it is, and it's getting even more scarce as the time flies by. It's invaluable, again it's something that is so precious that you cannot put any price on it. It's very simple, simple joys are often the best ones, making you happy with such silly things, it's just the best.
Obviously here, I was not going to describe happiness in detail because everyone knows what it is. Instead I describe what I thought was the most explanatory possible, in only 3 words. I encourage you, as a little game to choose anything and try to describe it with only 3 words, I tell you that can be hard.
One of the times I was most happy was when I was in love, and that's why I compared it to laying your head on the shoulder of your loving companion, closing your eyes and thinking of loving, you might even do both things at the same time. Like a glance, this one is certainly the one that has the more meaning to me, as I had my first kiss after a beautiful glance.
After this little introduction with your head in the stars and your eyes sparkling, let's go back to earth. It's very simple but it's something that has an invaluable value, as said previously. It's notoriously hard to find, because you cannot drill a hole and there it goes, you cannot excavate a mountain, and find it in rocks. That's what I wanted to show with this second description. So it's not bought nor sold, that's goes without saying, but it's acquired, and here the really interesting thing is that those three words a very similar, but buying and acquiring something has a subtle difference in them, as the second can be for free, when the first one is not. It leaves and it comes, again truth itself! Using two opposite words like that goes a long way in explaining and putting forward what you want to communicate to the reader.
In these few last sentences, I wanted to show, really our lust for it, how we really crave it, and would do anything for it, because that's really what happens in the real world. We run after it, even though it's in the figurative sense, it can in some occasions also be in the real sense, where for example we could run after someone we love because he or she is running away. I also wanted to show that we're self-centered people and that most of the time what interests us most is our own happiness, and don't worry about others. To compensate for this, I finished by saying that it never comes alone when you're two, because then both of the couple are happy together.