Saturday, January 8, 2011


Writer's Island posted their weekly prompt today - and the magic word is 'Destiny.'  At first I was stuck on how to approach such a fateful topic, and then a bit of fortuosity happened.  Fortuosity?  Yep, fortuosity

Fortuosity is the name of a song from the movie The Happiest Millionaire (1967) which is performed by Tommy Steele, who plays young Irish immigrant John Lawless.  The film begins in Philadelphia, in 1916, and finds Lawless seeking employment as a butler at the home of eccentric millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. 

In the film, John Lawless has an upbeat, positive, looking-towards-the-future personality, and his song, whose lyrics include lines like, `Round the corner, under a tree, good fortune's waitin', just wait and see…” underscore the point really well.  It's a fun movie, and I highly recommend it - so if you get the chance, watch it sometime.

But I digress.

Fortuosity.  Although not a real word, per se, it means a belief in yourself, and the fact that everything will turn out well in the end. 

So, what was my bit of fortuosity?  Stumbling upon a lucky quote.  And with that, here’s my poem:

A Saraband for a Gumball in Hand

Serendipity is putting a quarter in the gumball machine and having three pieces come rattling out instead of one—all red.  -Peter H. Reynolds

I remember when I was small
I would ask my mom for a coin
to get a cherry red gumball.

Purple was okay in my book
but red was the one that I sought.
Now and then I cheated and shook
the machine.  Kid magic, I thought.

You never know what will come out
the gumball machine’s metal spout.
Chance is what it is all about.

Luck may not decide to convene.
You might get yellow or a green.
But sometimes, you’re the conferee:
a red gumball - or two… or three.



  1. A wonderful word you've coined: may I borrow it? And the poem is a charming memory.

  2. Wish I could claim credit for it, but the Sherman brothers were the brains behind such stuff.

    But thanks for the kind words! ♥

  3. lightverse, agreed a charming memory.

  4. Thanks for the comment,

    I wish you a lovely evening..

    your work is amazing.

  5. Jingle - thank you so much! (BlushBlush!)

    Wayne - thanks for the kind words!

  6. I invite you to join Jingle Poetry Potluck week 17, link in 1 to 3 old poems today, Thanks for the valuable support!

    Potluck Week 17 Treat/Awards 4 You, share, claim, and enjoy !

  7. Tommy Steele had one of the best comb-overs in movies.

    Loved this, nice memory, plus the whole preferred gumball is something I can relate to!


  8. Amy - lol about Tommy Steele! Thanks! ♥