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Laugh a Little
Edmund Vance Cooke


Here's a motto, just your fit--
Laugh a little bit.
When you think you're trouble hit,
Laugh a little bit.
Look misfortune in the face.
Brave the beldam's rude grimace;
Ten to one 'twill yield its place,
If you have the wit and grit
Just to laugh a little bit.

Keep your face with sunshine lit,
Laugh a little bit.
All the shadows off will flit,
If you have the grit and wit
Just to laugh a little bit.

Cherish this as sacred writ--
Laugh a little bit.
Keep it with you, sample it,
Laugh a little bit.
Little ills will sure betide you,
Fortune may not sit beside you,
Men may mock and fame deride you,
But you'll mind them not a whit
If you laugh a little bit.

This poem is in the public domain.

Edmund Vance Cooke (1866 - 1932), often referred to as "the poet laureate of childhood," was born in 1866, in Ontario, Canada. He began working at the White Sewing Machine Co. factory as a teenager and stayed there for 14 years, until he became a self-employed poet and lecturer in 1893. His first book of poems, A Patch of Pansies, came out the next year,. Edmund is a fine and highly entertaining poet whom many critics consider underrated; he published sixteen collections of poetry during the course of his career, plus many children's books.

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Joe Sottile:
That is, my GOAL is to defuse the hot issue by making a joke...I really need to proofread better!
Posted 01/04/2011 12:03 PM
Joe Sottile:
Yes, this poem hits home! My wife hates it when at some point during a long serious discussion, I make a joke. My goals is defuse the hot issue somewhat. The topic isn't about life and death. We can deal with it. And how does she deal with my joke? I usually see daggers in her eyes...The Poet of the Month, Edwin Romond, sounds very interesting. I loved what he said about "Why Poetry?" It was my elementary students who inspired me to create my first book of poetry.
Posted 01/04/2011 12:00 PM
I have maintained that staying in teaching (or any line of work really), requires one to laugh a lot!
Posted 01/04/2011 08:24 AM

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