Edmund V. Strolis


Laugh And Live - Poem by Edmund V. Strolis

Man could he laugh, you always knew when he was in a room.
No matter how large.
At a wedding over a band roaring along and pleasing the groom.
He was supercharged.

He would drop to one knee and unembarrassed fall on his tail.
Still laughing all the way.
How to make him laugh hardest? make fun of him, that never fails.
Don't hold back on what you say.

Don't dismiss him as a clown, some rosy eyed easy fellow.
No, he always knew the score.
His philosophy was to be laughing when it came time to go.
That was it nothing more.

Life at one point almost beat him but he would never let it win.
He smiled away the deepest blues.
He would face down the reaper with a pearly Cheshire grin.
He probably won him over too.

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness, joy, philosophy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The photo is of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Author of 'Laugh and Live' and the giant of silent movies that lived the life he preached.

Comments about Laugh And Live by Edmund V. Strolis

  • Norah Tunney (3/29/2016 6:29:00 PM)


    I love this poem
    Thank you Edmund
    It lifted my spirits
    (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Pamela Sinicrope (1/13/2016 12:42:00 PM)


    How could I have missed this one! :) First of all, I love your character poems. You are able to capture the essence of a person's character so well. This one is no different. The philosophy presented here is also uplifting...reminding us to find out inner strength and to not take the world so seriously and to remember that it isn't all about us anyways...laugh and live. Find your joy despite the pain and the difficulties. Remember to alive and grateful. Well said. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/22/2015 9:57:00 AM)


    Laughter is the medicine of the heart. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (12/21/2015 10:39:00 PM)


    Verily, laughter is a great cure and solution (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (11/20/2015 11:31:00 PM)


    It requires incredible strength for a person to be laughing while they struggle and go through a horroble phrase.. Very few could do that.. A strong poem Edmund. Thanks for sharing.. (Report) Reply

    Edmund Strolis (12/2/2015 6:16:00 PM)

    I completely agree with what you say and I suppose that the main thing to me is that when our health and circumstance allows us the good fortune to be happy we should be. One never knows what may be around the next bend.

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/19/2015 5:36:00 AM)


    Laughter is the best medicine- it is said. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Pithy Marvel (11/15/2015 9:28:00 PM)


    laughing myself silly

    thank You
    (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (11/15/2015 8:26:00 PM)


    Laughter is my god. Thank you Edmund (Report) Reply

  • Pithy Marvel (11/15/2015 6:48:00 PM)


    Wow! Loved it Edmund!

    Laugh til you go! ! !
    (Report) Reply

Read all 10 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags


Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 17, 2015


[Report Error]