Days are tough
and moments are rough,
but I grab joy and happiness
in the wake of my troubles.
I choose one thing, dear:
These days, I just laugh.
I look at a man eating flies
and a woman cooking a piece
of stone for her kids,
and then I snigger,
cause that, sounds just like me.
I’m in a state, worse
than the mentally deranged,
or the urchins out on the streets
burning at daytime and
freezing at night.
So, m’hhm, I just laugh
to calm the flames around me.
A little child asks me,
“Uncle, do you go to school?”
I look at the innocent babe
and reply cool, “Yes, darling,
but not like the one you go to”
“Which one?” the angel presses so.
“You will know when you grow up, sweetie,”
I reply, and crack a bit,
and then I just laugh more.
This school is not a joke,
I tell myself,
it’s on our shoulders a huge yoke.
I walk into a hall filled with revelers,
the music’s so sweet, but the sound’s defeaning.
I see people throwing shapes
like pansies moved by the wind, but violently,
and oh my goodness, I laugh out loudly
at what it takes fellow men to get rid of stress!
I laugh until I fall on the ground
and an attendant comes over with wine,
asks, “Boy, have you lost your damn mind,
or do you need more wine to refreshen your wits?”
I think he sounds hilarious,
so, m’hhhm, I laugh more.
Life’s full of sorts,
from the woman running across the street
with a bucket of weed on her head,
to the landlady knocking at the door furiously
on thirtieth morning
for the rent,
so I choose to just laugh,
not because anything’s funny,
but because this is my way
of pouring oil on the troubled waters:
I just laugh.
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