Category Archives: LAUGHTER

To laugh at a laughing man is like a naked man jeering at a man with a coat. HAUSA.

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Fear of Clowns

Over summer the circus came again to the Regatta Grounds

and all up and down in clear view of highway intersections

half-a-dozen huge jumping-castle sized inflated clowns

were blown up ridiculously and roped down in various front yards.

Six metres tall, with orange hair, the pink nose, big eyes and luber lips

and bobbing blue hats taller than the brick veneer and carport.

Sitting squat and wiggling in the wind like silly super-sized toddlers,

with their grimacing gigantic gargantuan gobs.

Coulrophobia is a ‘fear of clowns’, and arguably it’s well-founded.

I don’t know how Hobart Coulrophobiasts cope

when the circus comes to town and flogs its bill.

There’s no road out of town safe from the grease-paint monsters.

One Sunday morning when the winds really gusted up

I saw one of these jumping-castle clowns jump its fence.

It bounced like a nightmare nursery rhyme ball, its ropes dangling,

all the way over a six-lane highway to finish stupefied against a cyclone fence.

Tony Brennan

http://www.australianpoetry.org/poem-of-the-month/february-6/

“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” ― Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

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Scaramouche

Fatique and ennui sap my motivation.
Listening to the little Frenchman tires me.
Cabaret tunes make a poor substitution
For any sultry motus iconici.Rising tempo of our fandangos grandes
Inflames deepest passionate imaginings,
While your fandanguillos de Verdiales
Conjure festivals of torrid evenings.

Will you fight bitter duels for me, my love?
And will we together sail your famous yacht?
Will you always be patient of my folly,
Or just hop over me like a masse shot?

Mostly I did it because it annoyed me that all fairies and goblins always seemed to be English. I thought it would make them far more funny if they were all Scottish. PRATCHETT.

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“Magic
Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.”
― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it. Charlie Chaplin

KOOKA 9

in the cave she rolls the big rock for table, for the desert wildflowers they pick each another
she carries many coolamons filled with river sand to soften the hard rock floor

she makes shelf from braided saplings to hold all the feathers given by the message birds
when he sleeps she polishes his weapons with goanna and emu fat till they glisten in fire light

he tells the story of the notches on his spear, the story of the maps on his woomera
their eyes fill with spot fires lit on his return

the other women laugh “get over yourself” they laugh “he’s not that good”
she smiles she knows him in the night

YANKUNYTJATJARA LOVE POEM

FOTO – BURA AT THE BEACHSHACK MARCH 2015

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” ― John Barrymore

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“The Little Boy and the Old Man

Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
Said the old man, “I do that too.”
The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
I do that too,” laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The old man nodded, “So do I.”
But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean,” said the little old man.”

― Shel Silverstein

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When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
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Hey, there!  Hoop-la! the circus is in town!
Have you seen the elephant?  Have you seen the clown?
Have you seen the dappled horse gallop round the ring?
Have you seen the acrobats on the dizzy swing?
Have you seen the tumbling men tumble up and down?
Hoop-la!  Hoop-la! the circus is in town!

Hey, there!  Hoop-la!  Here's the circus troupe!
Here's the educated, dog jumping through the hoop.
See the lady Blondin with the parasol and fan,
The lad upon the ladder and the india-rubber man.
See the joyful juggler and the boy who loops the loop.
Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Here's the circus troupe!

Source: A book for kids (1921)

She was not accustomed to taste the joys of solitude except in company. Edith Wharton

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The birds upon the trees sat all agape,

 

And in their voices erst all mirth and song;

 

There was a sadness pitiful to hear

MICHAEL KILMOUR BEVERIDGE

http://australianpoems.tripod.com/fromblackthursday.html

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Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 – 1954), Monday 21 August 1939

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. - 1878 - 1954), Monday 21 August 1939

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes… That’s the Irish for you!

http://www.litera.co.uk/irish_sayings_good_night_and_sleep/

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And her red lips he fondly kissed
    Beside the castle door,
And he rode away in the morning mist,
    And he never saw her more!

 

The Feud: A Border Ballad

by Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833 – 1870)

http://alldownunder.com/australian-authors/adam-lindsay-gordon/feud-a-border-ballad.htm

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. I don’t want anything else in life. But you are forcing me to look at wealth and at horizons I have never known. Now that I have seen them, and now that I see how immense my possibilities are, I’m going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don’t want to do so.” (Paulo Coelho)

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I learned to watch, to put my trust in other hands than mine. I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know — that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it. These I learned at once. But most things come harder.

— Beryl Markham, West With The Night, 1942

May you find the balance of life, time for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing ends up creating stress that no one needs in their life.” Catherine Pulsifer

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To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

― Bessie Anderson Stanley, More Heart Throbs

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~ Buddha

 

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I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.
— Red Skelton

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures.

Goanna like to sleep
In the sandy ground,
In a soft warm hole
Just a little way down.

Crows like to sleep
Near the starry sky,
By a big bird’s nest
That’s way up high.

I like to sleep
In a cosy bed,
With a blanket for my feet
And a pillow for my head.

Jill McDougall & Jenny Taylor, Anna the Goanna and other poems (Aboriginal Studies Press 2000)

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Goodnight Poem by Mykaela Maxino:
Touch your heart,
Close your eyes.
Make a wish,
Say goodnight.

Read more: http://www.gadel.info/2011/06/goodnight-poems-and-goodnight-quotes.html#ixzz2mrRYxoax

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”

 

― Marianne Williamson

 

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“In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter, there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future”

song lyrics from The Eyes of a Child by the band Air Supply

http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/poemsandquotes/a/Little-Girl-Quotes.htm

When the shark laughs with the dolphin, there is a devilish spirit at play.

(Tahitian

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No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.

Jacques-yves Cousteau

“We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!”

-Durwood L. Allen

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We sincerely regret the manner in which the events unfolded this morning. In the process of being cautious, we allowed the jubilation to go on longer than it should have.

(Ben Hatfield)

Grumbling and carping are the muscles of the weak.

Afghan

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Laughter, joy and happiness are healthy for you.  They say laughter is the best medicine. It can cure illness and extends life.  A good laugh boosts the immune system, relieves depression and stress, relaxes all the body’s muscles, is good exercise for the heart and helps prevent heart attacks, it cleanses the lungs, and provides an overall sense of well being.

Our survival has been about laughter, otherwise you cry a river.

—Leah Purcell, Aboriginal director and actor

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/aboriginal-humour

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“You white people are so strange. We think it is very primitive for a child to have only two parents.”

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.”

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Laughter is the language of the Gods.

It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.”

― Nelson Mandela.

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“We dance for laughter,

we dance for tears,

we dance for madness,

we dance for fears,

we dance for hopes,

we dance for screams,

we are the dancers,

we create the dreams.”

http://www.dance-quotes.net/dance-poems.html

Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

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“He who cannot howl, will not find his pack.”

http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/wolveswithin/Quotes.html

We broke into laughter—the kind that’s your only recourse when you feel like curling up in a foetal position and whimpering like a little girl.”

― M.A. George, Relativity

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There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
* Goethe