The Laughter Of Women Poem by Lisel Mueller

The Laughter Of Women

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The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness

It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out

The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again

Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women

It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other

What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

An interesting piece although not one of my favorites so far.

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Dr Antony Theodore 25 July 2020

he laughter of women, high-flying and subversive. Long before law and scripture we heard the laughter, we understood freedom. laughter of women.. symbolic. tony

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M Asim Nehal 17 January 2019

Excellent poem, I see a political satire in it, Nicely written.

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Narayanan Kutty Pozhath 22 April 2018

Laughter of a woman is so powerful that it joins everything.

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Susan Williams 18 March 2016

Ha! These verses know how to get a reader to grin and guffaw and they paint an awesome picture of life- - - ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The laughter of women wipes the mist from the spectacles of the old; it infects them with a happy flu and they laugh as if they were young again

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Patricia Clark 08 March 2015

Prisoners held in underground cells imagine that they see daylight when they remember the laughter of women Those three lines are so perfect. The man I care for loves my laugh more than anything, he laughs when he hears me laugh and always says, Oh my I love your laugh. Laughter is an aphrodisiac and as you state so well here, also a cure for so many things. Well done! Trish- I also really like this line: wipes the mist from the spectacles of the old.

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