Laughing through her tears, by Darrell Wright [*POEM*]

Laughing through her tears

I’m drawn to men who make me laugh
So I forget my pain,
So I forget my hollowed heart,
So I don’t go insane.

I like it when I laugh so hard
That tears come to my eyes:
The tears that wash away the tears
From men who tell me lies,

From feeling down another day,
From all my many fears.
I wonder if there is no joy
Except in laughter’s tears.

O how I’d love to laugh all day,
Then happy go to sleep,
Just laugh and cry those happy tears,
So I don’t have to weep.

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26 thoughts on “Laughing through her tears, by Darrell Wright [*POEM*]

  1. Darrell, this is one of your best poems. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read it. So I compromised by smiling sadly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have no objections to this poem. I detect no anti-Semitism here. Not in the poem anyway. In the picture, however, doubtless chosen by Ms Darkmoon, I find certain anti-Semitic overtones.

    This woman looks vaguely like an Ashkenazi Jew I know, an associate professor in Sociology at an Ivy League university. Her nose is partially hooked, if you look carefully.

    The picture seems to suggest that Jews are such practiced deceivers that they try to confuse people all the time, even to the extent of not making it clear if they are laughing or crying. I’m not saying this is openly apparent in the picture, only that it is subliminally suggested.

    1. Very profound, Seymour. I must confess that I fail to detect any note of antisemitism in this poem, both on the conscious and subliminal levels. But then, I wasn’t expecting any!

      Excellent poem, Darrell, you have restored my faith in human nature!

      Keep up the good work.

      1. Myself, I only write naughty limericks. “There was a young lady of Kentucky / Who thought she would like to get lucky…” You can complete the rest. I gave up at that point!

      2. You’re too kind, Sardonicus.

        Seriously, Darrell Wright has hit upon something a lot of us have probably only chalked-up to “silly women”, not thinking about how much they might have been hurt by someone else before we met them, and how their behavior is thereby influenced. Seems they are mostly ALL that way, now, after a certain age – and it is too bad. No more sweet prospects out there for romantics like us who were not wise enough to recognize there might be an end to the availability of women worth keeping…

  3. โ€œThere are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.โ€

    โ€œJoy’s smile is much closer to tears than laughter.โ€

    – Victor Hugo

    1. “Sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

      โ€” Shelley, Ode to a Skylark

  4. I for got to mention my gratitude for Ms Darkmoon’s suggestions and assistance in getting this poem into its present form. (Although now that I re-read it I think it could probably use a comma after “laugh all day” ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. On punctuation in poetry

    The comma has been inserted, dear Darrell, but only to humor you! You appear to think that poetry and prose should abide by the same rules of punctuation. They used to do this until the early decades of the twentieth century when minimalist punctuation gradually became the norm for poetry. Too many commas were regarded as ugly and fussy and were cut out at the end of lines… when the line break itself was regarded as a comma substitute.

    Consider the quotes from TS Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” below. Ezra Pound was Eliot’s editor. Notice the minimalist punctuation used. It works splendidly.

    Lasha is simply doing her best to bring your poetry punctuation into the 21st century, dear Darrell, but you will insist on remaining in the 19th century!

    Not to worry. You are not as bad in your over-commification as Gilbert Huntley who scatters his commas like confetti at a wedding! If Gilbert can use six commas where one will do, you can be sure he will do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey, no offense meant to either of you!

    Just trying to let you know that, as seasoned editors with pretty high university degreees, we have mastered the rules of correct punctuation! It’s not too hard. If we leave out a comma here and there which you would rather see included, it’s not because we are slipshod and uneducated; it’s because we are trying for the minimalist punctuation which is de rigueur in contemporary poetry.

    However, I have to admit that if a poet said to me: “I don’t agree with this newfangled minimalist punctuation. I think traditional punctuation, as used in prose, should also be used in poetry…” if he said that to me, I would have to admit that he has a point. And I would bend to his wishes.

    BTW, Lasha in her poems makes use of both traditional punctuation and minimalist punctuation, and sometimes she deliberately uses no punctuation at all.

    Just check out the punctuation in the TS Eliot poem below. You will see what I mean by minimalist punctuation.

  6. Excerpt from TS Eliot’s “The Waste Land”

    The river sweats
    Oil and tar
    The barges drift
    With the turning tide
    Red sails
    To leeward, swing on the heavy spar.

    On Margate Sands.
    I can connect
    Nothing with nothing.
    The broken finger-nails of dirty hands.
    My people humble people who expect

    la la

    To Carthage then I came

    Burning burning burning burning
    O Lord Thou pluckest me out
    O Lord Thou pluckest


    1. The mention of “Carthage” in the extract above is an allusion to a famous passage in St Augustine’s Confessions.

      When the young Augustine went to Carthage, he fell into the sin of “concupiscence” or lust. Carthage was then a hothouse of brothels.

      The young saint-in-the-making could not resist the lures of the flesh in those early days and is quoted as praying, “Oh Lord, make me chaste โ€” but not yet!”

  7. Well – if you are drawn to men who make you laugh… A three legged dog walked into a Texas bar…Said “I’m lookin for the man who shot my Pa’ “.

    Are you as beautiful – like a movie-star as they all say you are Miss Darkmoon? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I notice FIREBELLINTHENIGHT appears on the scene ringing the fire bells warning us of danger — clanging the fire bells all over the landscape we call the territory eternally under the darkness of Lasha/Lucy/Monte’s Darkmoon ; On so many threads of commentary, he warns us —-> THE FIREBELL CLANGS INCESSANTLY . The FIREBELLINTHENIGHT, how considerate, how kindly, how timely — and FIREBELL just happens to appear on the scene the very same exact day there was an explosion in the NSA mega-state-of-the-art underground spy nest in Bluffdale, Utah.

    Gosh, I hope MachtNichts wasn’t hurt in the blast. I hope MachtNichts is okay. It would be a shame to lose the mormon-jew-mischlinge who does such an excellent job play-pretending to be American injuns, and when need be, he play-pretends to be muslims of various sorts, he’s superbly excellent at playing ragheads and injuns. He “plays” injun and he “plays” hagarene so very very well, so very convincingly. Hate to lose him.

    1. So this is the infamous Joe? Only an extremely mentally unstable person could produce such incoherent gibberish.

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