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Laugh Easy

A poem about the comfort of a laugh

By Bri CraigPublished 6 months ago 1 min read
Laugh Easy
Photo by Boopathi Rajaa Nedunchezhiyan on Unsplash

Laugh Easy

Dedicated to Dad.


Despite the fact that I inherited his sadness,

my father always laughed easy -

I think this too, was a gift to me:

an offer of salve for the burn in my chest.


In the heat of it all, my mind sometimes melts

down my spine, and settles, heavy in my stomach.

But I hear the levity in his laughter,

and even though I am flooding, I can smile -

the way night is broken apart when owls hoot,

or wolves howl, or the air flickers from the cage

of my mouth like hot air balloons.


We both live with this phantom limb of feeling,

but my father taught me that nothing hugs you

back into yourself like a sense of humor.

My father taught me that you could laugh

until tears build dams in your eyes,

until sound thunders out your thoughts,


until laughing becomes easy again.

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About the Creator

Bri Craig

Bri Craig (she/her) is a variety pack writer. She enjoys writing poetry, webcomic features, humor, short stories, and personal anecdotes. Basically, neither of us will ever know what will be posted next!

Let's connect! More about me here.

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  • John Eva5 months ago

    Oh. ohhhh. I like this one. I really like this one. Stupid good (a compliment I swear).

  • This was so wonderful and empowering. I loved it!

  • Hassan6 months ago

    Loved reading this!

  • Cathy holmes6 months ago

    Holey moley. I absolutely love this!

  • Heather Hubler6 months ago

    Aww, this was a sweet dedication and a wonderful poem. Great work!

  • Ashley Shiflett6 months ago

    Very nice!

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