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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: A Great Remedy For Gloom
By Marcell Billinghurst
10/24/04

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ďLaughterís the best medicineĒ,
So Iíve heard them say.
It helps to chase the gloom away
And brighten up our day.

Even in Godís Holy Word,
This message rings out true.
Written there to help us cope
Itís meant for me and you.

To laugh, relieves our tension
When we are feeling stressed,
So take the time to sit and laugh,
When you start to feel depressed.

Listen to the children laugh,
Find some fun in simple ways.
Instead of sitting by yourself
To brighten up your days.

You never know just what effect
A smile will have on others.
When someone else is feeling down,
On strangers, sisters, brothers.

For laughter is infectious,
Just try it and youíll see.
Someone starts and you laugh too.
It helps to set us free.

So take a cup of laughter,
For a great remedy for gloom.
Learn to smile and laugh each day,
To brighten up your room.

By Marcell Billinghurst


Member Comments
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Teresa Lee Rainey10/25/04
I enjoyed this poem very much. Laughter is great medicine :^)
Joyce Poet10/25/04
There's only one thing I can think of (other than laughter) that does a gloomy heart good... and that is to praise Him through the pain. There's just so much healing in our praises. Great poem! Great message! Treava
L.M. Lee10/26/04
great line about taking a cup of laughter to help make us better!
Melanie Kerr 10/28/04
Wonderful poem. You have chosen just the right words to convey your message.
Verlie Ruhl10/28/04
This is a lovely poem! It reminds me of something C.S. Lewis once wrote, about how everyone we pass on the sidewalk is an eternal creature, bound for eternal glory or everlasting destruction. Lewis felt that our response to that person, be it a friendly nod or failure to acknowledge them, may nudge them ever-so-slightly closer to their eternal destiny. Sobering thought!
Deborah Porter 10/28/04
Marcell, this was a day brightener and spirit lifter all by itself. Only suggestion I'd make is in the third line in the first stanza. To avoid using the same rhyme in the third line, it might be better to change it to, "It helps to chase away the gloom". Other than that, I really appreciated every word! Love, Deb