There is something in me
always longing to be released,

It expresses as laughter
or escapes under cover of laughter
or as a condition for laughter.
I don’t know the what or how of it,
I only know
it cracks me Up!

Shoving poise aside,
and with no respect for decorum
laughter erupts from me.
It bursts forth.

At times,
I feel my sides will split,
my hands tingle,
and I can’t catch my breath.

It’s such a rush
and release,
this cracking Up.

It’s so unrestrained.
Knee slapping.
Jumping up and down.

it’s attracted to the company of loved ones,
the antics of children and the childlike,
a clever joke or pun,
or an amusing story, well told.

It can also come unbidden
in the face of absurdity,
or when events defy explanation.

Now and then,
I may deem laughter
inappropriate for the occasion.
I try to stifle it.
It’s irrepressible.
It explodes.
It breaks me Up.

Laughter will have its way.
I don’t know why.
I don’t know what laughter is.
I don’t care.
It always leaves me more relaxed.
Smiling and softer.

I thank God for laughter.
It never brings me down.
It cracks me Up!

Copyright© 2018  Tekla A. Syers All rights reserved.

-Tekla A. Syers



1 Comment

  • Reply September 14, 2018

    Aleda Goodwin

    Brilliant! Truth! Laughter is healing
    I enjoyed this, it made me smile inside and out . You are so very talented, Tekla

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