Grief and Laughter

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August 13, 2014 by Roe

You know, I was thinking just now
about
grief
and
laughter.
Why do we do it?
Why feel compelled to utter forth
a hiccup
or
a loud guffaw?
It got me to thinking –
Perhaps we cry
in attempts to heal the wound,
as water brings new life.
And gasp at the air
so that the pain in our lungs validate
we are still here – suffering.
And when we laugh
we are shaking off the snake skin,
constricting us for too long.
Or breaking the iceberg that exists
in us, in others,
so that we may breathe
a little easier.

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