I Just Laugh


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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  1. Mike U. says:

    Honestly, sometimes this is just about all we can do to make it through the day without being crushed by our problems. It can reset our perspective and reduce stress and show us that maybe our worries aren’t quite as overwhelming as we may think. Wonderful poetry, Lamittan, with a good message as well. šŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, Mike, sometimes there’s no need to shed tears. We just pass it over with a laugh. Many thanks to you for your kind compliments, my brother. šŸ˜ŠšŸ’–

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  2. Moonshine says:

    This is a bright way to look at potentially grim circumstances. “Laughter is medicine for the soul” is a common expression, and yet I would add to that expression that “laughing from a good hearted place and not to the harm of others, is the medicine for the soul.” Laughter soup on the writers, Cheers Lamittan this is well-written and expressed. It seems to me that you took situations and transmuted that into an inner joy

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    1. Yes, amid the toughness, I saw joy, the gratitude for still being alive. I’m glad you liked this. Thank you so much for the warm-hearted comment.

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  3. Beaton says:

    We have a saying chembere yekwa Chivi yakabika matombo ikadya muto which means the old lady who cooked stones asks ate the soup… It’s an allusion to how in desperate times you can try out desperate solutions and that may or may not work… But the important thing is to keep trying
    Like that fish from finding Nemo just keep swimming


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    1. O yeas, my friend Beaton. That’s refreshing and encouraging of you to say. We needa just keep trying and pass over our hardships with a smile. Gratitude, dear. šŸ’–

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  4. Rehoboth says:

    Nicely done

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, my friend. Been awhile since I last heard from you here. Thanks for connecting back šŸ’–


  5. AKwafrigeria says:

    Just laugh, it gets things going
    Thanks Lami, seems you have restructured your site

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Many thanks to you, Akwa. Yes, I’ve been trying to incorporate some adjustments recently. Tell me, what do you think about its present look? Has it spoiled the former taste?


      1. AKwafrigeria says:

        No, this is beautiful

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Thank you. Glad to know.


      3. AKwafrigeria says:

        Yea šŸ„°

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      4. ā¤šŸŒ·ā¤


  6. Laughing and loving you poem my friend! šŸ’–šŸ’–šŸ’–šŸ‘

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Many thanks to you, Cindy. Laughing with you too, dear. Blessings to you. šŸ’–šŸ’•šŸ’–

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      1. Laughing together is always fun!ā¤ļø

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      2. Indeed!! Oh indeed! ā¤ā¤

        Liked by 1 person

      3. šŸ’–šŸ¤£šŸ’–šŸ¤£

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      4. šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ā¤šŸ™

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      5. šŸ’–šŸ‘šŸŒ·šŸ¤—

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  7. What a clever poem, Lamittan. Definitely worth laughing about the funny ways of life:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Grateful to see you reading and glad about this poem, dear. It’s true; strong souls remain positive and find all reasons to still smile in tough situations. Thanks for the beautiful warm compliment, dear. šŸ˜Š

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      1. You are welcome, Lamittan

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      2. ā¤ā¤


  8. James Gitau says:

    Wow, I found the Safaricom airtime (50). Thank you so much. I love this poem, it put a smile on my face. šŸ˜…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m glad you did. Feel most welcome, bro. Keep reading.


  9. Delightful poem!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh sweet, thank you many times, Dawn. Glad you enjoyed it, dear šŸ’–

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