Write a Poem about Laughter


By Andrea Schaffer from Sydney, Australia (Hotei, god of happiness at Jōchi-ji temple) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


On day 7 of NaPoWriMo, Donna Sadd requests the pleasure of your laughter poem.

#NaPoWriMo – Day 7 – Laughter – #Kids | Donna L Sadd.

Here’s mine:


When my father
was young,
he went to work
painting backgrounds
for animated gels
in a cartoon studio,
The first day
he sat in on a session
of daily rushes,
giggling helplessly
at the gags
until the other
artists turned
around to glare
at the fool who
thought their
work was funny,
funny, isn’t it
how easily we
all forget what
we are really
doing here?


2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28 | Workplace Adversity Poem | WritersDigest.com

I almost skipped today’s assignment. It is to write a poem about how it feels to stand up for what is right in the face of adversity in the workplace. In this case, since opinions always differ about what is “right,” actual issues and situations can get in the way of the point–the experience of standing alone.

I chose to focus on the aftermath of a workplace stand, an experience which, I think, nearly everyone has had at one time or another. Other poets posting to the blog have told a more specific story. Read them all and then, if you feel so moved, try one yourself. If you choose not to do this one, I don’t blame you. It isn’t my favorite. Writing to a prompt every day, though, has been very good for me. Not every work is going to be good.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28 | Workplace Adversity Poem | WritersDigest.com.

The Morning After

Down the hall

two women

whisper. Then

they glance

up and dart

off like birds

in different


In the break

room, everyone



an urgent


somewhere else.

In your office,

the coffee

is cold.