Your Laugh

By: Emily LaSita


It is my favorite part

About you, it is your voice on vacation

A mighty splash when

No one was expecting a cannonball

In the deep end of a swimming pool

It is like a brightness pouring out

Of you, like the curtains have parted

Your dress shirt has too, but I didn’t see

So clearly before such radiance

It turned all the lights on

It travels like radio waves

From you, the curious channel surfer tunes in

And is surprised by how

You have materialized, they can

see your laugh as much as they can hear it

It shakes your body as it escapes

Through you, a small piece of your soul

Thrown up into the air

Exposed to the elements before it falls

Back to your mouth, closed—

It was active, now hidden,

Inside you, snuggled beside your ribs

Like a trampoline ready to be sprung

I love any opportunity to bounce it out

But really my favorite part is you. 


A version of this originally appeared in “Comfort” The Teller November 2019 Issue #8

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