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Of Joy and Laughter


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What species of joy

Is spawned by laughter

Encompassing the whole body

Laughter that cannot embarrass

Contagious laughter that forgets the cause

Pursuing the sheer pleasure of it?


Or is the egg joy

And laughter chicken?

Once unleashed does it matter?

No

Of commingled laughter and joy

No wall can keep

One in, the other out

Tears and snorts and all

Suggesting peace might be

Full of energy and noise

If by peace is meant

Profound well being


© 2019 Russell E. Willis

First Appeared in Best Emerging Poets 2019 - Vermont, Z Publications, 2019.


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