Half-way to Happiness
by Helen Hay Whitney ca. 1910
First published in the October 1910 issue of Harper's Magazine

Half-way to happiness,
The whole way back again.
Stumbling up the stubborn hill
From the luring lane.

Little sunset house of hearts
Standing all alone
I could come and sweep the leaves
From your stepping-stone.

I, and he, could light your fires,
Laughing at the rain;
But, oh, it's far to happiness,
A short way back again.