"Laughing Brook"

Laughter is like a spring.

Bubbling out of the ground it comes.

Flowing,Flushing Gushing, Flooding the ground around.

On gushing it keeps, turning into a river rushing...

Author's Notes/Comments: 

This was inspired by the Laughing Brook from the books by Thornton Burgess.

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It took him a long time to laugh after she was gone

even once the initial sadness faded.

He thought it would be disrespectful.

He thought her memory would be jaded…


But then in the midst of his sadness

he remembered her laugh one day

and he knew how sad it would make her feel

If her death took his laugh away.


Remembering her laugh made him realize

how by her memory he is blessed

how finding joy and laughter without her

doesn’t mean he misses her less.


So today he loves to laugh

he no longer feels blue…

for he knows when he is laughing…



she is laughing too.

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My Guitar

The music

which warms

my heart

Is echoed off

the guitar that was

once played

But now sits

in a corner

and feels the lonliness

of deaf ears

A broken string


at the empty air

and fades

quietly away.

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What keeps a family close?

What makes old friendships last?

What makes a moment special

before it fades into the past?


I believe the answer is quite simple, as far as I’m aware…

when friends and family come together…there’s always laughter in the air.


Some people will say love is the answer and I believe that’s partially true…

for love provides the framework…but laughter is the glue.


The glue that binds friends and families together through all our hopes and fears…

that helps us rediscover life…amid our sorrow and tears.


Perhaps that’s why we were given this gift.

Perhaps that is laughter’s goal.

To strengthen the love within our heart

and the joy within our soul.


When we look back on a person’s life…

is there a better epitaph

than to say he shared his smile everyday

or every day she shared her laugh.


So it seems to me:

If you want to keep your friends and family close

in this moment…and every moment after…

Smile when you come together…


and don’t forget the laughter.

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My Friend's Laughter

Do you have that one friend that no matter how miserable or depressed you are he or she


always makes you feel better? That’s Sofia for me. Whenever I feel hopeless and gloomy and


like everything is tumbling down, I can always count on her. She claims that her laughter is the


greatest gift of all because she could simply share it with anyone, regardless of language


barriers. Her laughter has always brought me joy in my darkest hours, like that time I failed the


physics course in high school, or when my grandma died and I was unable to get over it, or


even that time Paula – my ex-girlfriend – moved from my small hometown to another city, where


she did not hesitate one second to find another guy in her life. Through these harsh moments in


my life, the only companion I could rely on was Sofia with her big smile and her lively laughter,


which is often loud, wild, and uncontrollable, but always genuine, honest, and contagious. The


best thing about it is that it can cheer an entire room and bring light to anyone’s face; it doesn’t


matter if you know her or not, a smile from her is something you can always count on. The worst


thing about it is that it will haunt you forever, you will be able to hear it everywhere you go with


great intensity, and you will not be capable of getting rid of it. But I must be honest about


something, I know that behind that cheerful face and unrestrained personality there is


something that bothers her; something that I have not yet been able to unravel. Her life has not


been the easiest one, but she has tried her hardest to live it to the fullest and let behind


everything that has damaged her. I believe this has made her stronger and that is why she has


decided not to spend a day without using her gift of cheering the people around her. At the end


of the day, had I heard her laugh, no matter how exhausted I felt, it automatically made me feel


better. And now that she is no longer by my side, I get to look back at our time together and


cherish her friendship and the great value she taught me: not living one day without having


smiled and being thankful of being alive and well. Her laughter resides in my memory forever.

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