“Laughter” by Stephen John Kalinich

Laughter is an unwritten poem
A child’s first touch of joy.
A smile within a wounded world.
Certainly the world has grown too serious
We need laughter
to bring us
closer to each other.
Laughter as a voice against our sorrow
Laughter as a voice against our heartache
Laughter as a voice of hope
That carries us into other hearts.
Laughter as the appreciation
of simple childhood days
When all the earth
lay before us
Like an open road
Echoes of laughter
From the winter’s wind
of our youth
We need laughter in our world
If we are to survive.

Stephen John Kalinich

“Our Gang” Artwork

L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

© 2010


  1. lkthayer · March 25, 2010

    We need this Stevie, I love that you are sharing your joy with us, thank you for the reminder,
    If we lose our sense of humor WE lose!! xoxo 🙂

  2. souldose · March 25, 2010

    What a great poem to read especially when I need positive things… Thanks!

  3. Julie · March 25, 2010

    That sweet touch we all need. Thank you.

  4. Jaymie · March 25, 2010

    The best way through.

  5. nicolerigets · March 25, 2010

    “Laughter… that carries us into other hearts” is a glorious thought.
    Thank you Stephen!

  6. Susan Hayden · January 24, 2011

    Thank you for the reminder. I mean it ..<3

  7. Roz Levine · January 25, 2011

    Great reminder of life’s healing balm.

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