My mother’s laughter is what I remember most about my childhood
Full engulfing pure and commanding.
I knew my mother’s laughter could stop thieves from entering our home.
My mother’s laughter made cocky men smile
and jealous women befriend her.
Laughter was the mode of discipline…
As long as Mommy was laughing all infractions were forgiven
As long as Mommy was laughing all requests would be met
As long as Mommy was laughing the sun would rise bright and joy
would define the day.
My mothers has blessed me with her laughter.
Whenever I find myself in a tight spot
or feel overwhelmed I break into riotous laughter
and nothing or no one can stop me
laughter is the path and mouth of peace
laughter is the spirit of my mother
who with dogged determination raised
me to be steadfast and resourceful
Laughter is love’s proper name