Treasure Island

Dilantha Gunawardana


The Potency Of Laughter


Ho ho ho, laughing like a jackass with a bottle of rum
Ho ho ho, rolling on the floor is Santa with an engorging tum
From Long John Silver to Santa's stretch marks
Laughter was an anthem strewn with meteors of sparks

From the remedial medicine of a Scandinavian blond Joke
To the colorful and zany standup-comedian folk
Laughter captures the idiosyncratic even the buffoon
In flashes of thundering genius in their maddening loon

Laughter, proverbs claim, can move a mountain
Laughter speaks a language common to even the wandering alien
Laughter entangles from a modicum of sand to a behemoth tale
In a potpourri of antics and jokes, from the fly to the whale

Laughter infects the lungs like a bad bout of cold
Laughter infects the heart like the scent of marigold
Laughter holds one ransom to an emotion vivacious and bold
As the heart anchors to a lifelong harbor of serendipitous gold

Laughter has no boundaries to the senescence of age
As humor captures the biodiversity of gradation of stage
Humor the thread that weaves a contagious smile on a face
A beaming visage simply the prelude for boisterous laughter to grace

To be blessed with a funny bone, is truly a gift
To be blessed with the ingenuity of humor, bequeaths the heart a lift
As fireworks rip like shooting stars from comedic lips
Laughter erupts like a dormant volcano from the meat of quips

Humor is the essence of rudimentary witticism
Laughter is the soul of a contagious altruism
As a joke captures the hearts in their naked realism
Even bequeaths a trace of a transcending surrealism

Laughter embodies a universal pidgin of love
For laughter is the key to a goddess's trove
Laughter a path of red rose petals leading to a divan
For humor imparts love from the deepest abysses of man

Laughter the invisible axis of the revolving globe
Laughter a cradle of feathers lifting the weight of humanity's abode
Laughter the seed that perpetuates the pedigree of man
For she is the heart and soul of God's idyllic master plan

Submitted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Edited: Monday, March 25, 2013

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  • Babatunde Aremu (3/26/2013 6:59:00 AM)

    Ho, ho, ho, ....Ha ha ha ha....Let's laugh continuously to make the world better VERY NICE POEM (Report) Reply

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