There is something in me

always longing to be released,




It expresses as laughter

or escapes under cover of laughter

or as a condition for laughter.

I don’t know the what or how of it,

I only know

it cracks me Up!


Shoving poise aside,

and with no respect for decorum

laughter erupts from me.

It bursts forth.


At times,

I feel my sides will split,

my hands tingle,

and I can’t catch my breath.


It’s such a rush

and release,

this cracking Up.


It’s so unrestrained.


Knee slapping.

Jumping up and down.




it’s attracted to the company of loved ones,

the antics of children and the childlike,

a clever joke or pun,

or an amusing story, well told.


It can also come unbidden

in the face of absurdity,


or when events defy explanation.


Now and then,

I may deem laughter

inappropriate for the occasion.

I try to stifle it.

It’s irrepressible.

It explodes.

It breaks me Up.


Laughter will have its way.

I don’t know why.

I don’t know what laughter is.

I don’t care.

It always leaves me more relaxed.

Smiling and softer.



I thank God for laughter.

It never brings me down.

It cracks me Up!

Copyright© 2018  Tekla A. Syers All rights reserved.

-Tekla A. Syers



1 Comment

  • Reply September 14, 2018

    Aleda Goodwin

    Brilliant! Truth! Laughter is healing
    I enjoyed this, it made me smile inside and out . You are so very talented, Tekla

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