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Missing Laughter

Updated on January 16, 2012
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Take me to that place again

that we have been before

where leaves torn from trees

are food for your plastic dinosaurs


Let’s go into your tent and have a picnic with your stuffed animals all in attendance

and where imaginary food and drinks are served

As properly as an English tea


Take me away from this death and dying that has become

all that fills my days and mind

as your sweet PaPa drifts between pain pills and being awake

and I dare not leave his side


Oh lets paint each others faces again and laugh so hard

we scare the cats and they hide under the cushions of the chair

let’s catch fireflies in this summer’s gracious twilight

not hurt them or put them in a jar, just chase after them,

catch, marvel and release again out into the warm night


Let’s get lost in a book, “Wet Dog” is always fun

as we imitate the shaking pooch

and wag our behinds and shoulders until we fall on the floor …

Laughing

We always laugh


I have not laughed in such a long time now

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  • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

    Justin W Price 

    6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    well, i'll give them that, though, I tend to equate innocence more with dogs :-)

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    6 years ago from On the edge

    The innocence and wonder that they bring to my life waters my soul! Thank you so much PDX!

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    Justin W Price 

    6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    good work, pooh. miss child like joy... and great picture of that kitty too!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    6 years ago from On the edge

    She always brings a smile, a lot of wisdom and the best hugs in the world! Thanks Ken.

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    saddlerider1 

    6 years ago

    I somehow missed this beauty, this gem. You brought a smile to my face, the essence and innocence of being and acting like a child. It's never to late to smile, through all adversity, a slab of grass will will emerge even through hardened concrete. My friend you have a lot to smile for and with, don't let the present darkness bring your down. Life will shine for you, give it time. Your love and closest friend needs your strength now. Turn that frown upside down and keep smiling, it's your inner beauty that always surfaces, remember that my friend. Beautiful poem and pictures, I loved it. Thanks for sharing on FB.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    And you, dear friend and brother!

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    Micky Dee 

    7 years ago

    God bless you dear Pooh.

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 

    7 years ago

    Poohgranma, Hearfelt & Beautiful! May the JOY of the Lord continue to be your strength on this journey! He will NEVER leave nor forsake you! GOD BLESS YOU!

    In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Developing a good imagination at an early age is just as important as leaning your colors and ABC's as far as I'm concerned. Thankfully, my granddaughter seems to agree ;)

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    Sharon Smith 

    7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Dear Pooh,

    I love this piece and the pictures as well. I hope that smiles and laughter come to you soon. I loved the beginning of this piece reminding me of playing at my Grandma's house with my two sisters . . . building our make believe "houses" out of sheets, garden furniture and old oak trees. Precious memories. Take care,

    Sharyn

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    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Epi - my main man! Now you make me laugh ,,, and cry, with your beautiful writing and your never ending compliments and encouragement!

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    epigramman 

    7 years ago

    ...well you were born to write - it's your 'creative' legacy and a gift to us who not only know you as an esteemed colleague but as a peer and a friend who is so repected here at the Hub.

    lake erie time 6:25pm

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    Tiffany Regan 

    7 years ago from Colorado

    I hope you are on the mend.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Ended up back in the ambulance instead. (See Face book) Maybe next week. :)

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    SomewayOuttaHere 

    7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

    beautiful....get yor son to bring her over...if you can, you 2 go out even if it's just for a hour...or the 3 of you for some ice cream at the parlour - that'd be a blast of sunshine...a wee interruption in that surreal world of yours

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    Martie Coetser 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    What a lovely poem! I could feel your yearning for those carefree days. I, too, will always regard the carefree moments I had with my children and friends as my most precious memories, and I will never stop enjoying them whenever it comes my way. I have finally learned how to recognise and appreciate them. It normally last for a markedly brief time. Cats and dogs and children easily provoke laughter in us. Take care, poohgranma!

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    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    MiMiKat, you are blessed, indeed. We cared for my granddaughter from the time she was a small baby until she was a little over three and then had her every week. Up until my husband's COPD got much worse and I had a heart attack three weeks ago we continued to have her one day a week. I can't wait for her visits again!

    @Hyphenbird - this child has brought so much joy into our lives and always astounds me with her pure love and goodness. I miss her!

    Phil, Tiffany, Amy and stars, my friend, thank you all so much for your sweet comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this little poem/prose that popped into my head yesterday as I was longing for the simpler, happier times. There will be many more I know and it keeps me going!

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    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    mckbirdbks - That is my granddaughter in the picture. Not one of her more photogenic pictures, I suppose, but one I cherish, laughter pure and simple caught by the camera. Thank-you!

    lisa.bom - I didn't know and I am so sorry to hear this. We are all traveling on a special path, rocky for sure, but filled with learning and insight to things others will not know. Your sis-in-law is very blessed to have you as her companion and care taker. And who knows? Maybe one day we can have that tea party. Wouldn't it be lovely?

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    lisa.bom 

    7 years ago

    I loved this. I am taking care of my sister-in-law who is in Hospice care and expected to live only a month or two. I so wish we were in a tent having a tea party. Thank you for taking me back for a moment, to the place where we have no worries.

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    mckbirdbks 

    7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    I bet your grand daughter is every bit as beautiful as her Poohgranma. Loved the poem, I could here giggling of long ago.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Thank you kind sir, it is my granddaughter and one of our many cats. I love taking pictures!

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    Odewumijoshua 

    7 years ago from Lagos state

    Wat a nice poem and funny pix ....

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    stars439 

    7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Beautiful poem, and wonderful photos of the grand baby, and the kitten. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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    jami l. pereira 

    7 years ago

    This reminds me of an old song called, "dream a little dream" , i voted this up awesome and beautiful ...because it IS ,and the photo of the little girl is stunning ! Great works of art , this Hub , thank you for sharing.Have a lovely day!:)

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    Tiffany Regan 

    7 years ago from Colorado

    The children in your life are blessed indeed.

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    Phil Plasma 

    7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

    Terrific hub reminding us of the pleasure of laughter, you've earned a vote-up and an awesome from me.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    This remembered joy is just what you need right now. These childish things pass butte new memories are just as sweet. What a lovely Hub!

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    MimiKat33 

    7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

    The joy and wonder of a child is something we all should try to hold onto. I am lucky, I get to see it daily in my granddaughter's face.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Were a jaded old bunch of fools that forgot how to look with our hearts. :)

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    If only adults could have the joy of a child restored. I wonder where it went.

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