Two Incidentals

Published January 2, 2023 by Nan Mykel

 Spit it up. Gross.
Cough it up. Viruses.
Sing it out. A dirge?
Write it. I’ll try…

Another day older and
deeper in debt…made it
to the new year! A new
chance to remedy old
wrongs? Climate change
and the Supreme Court?
Book banning and Desantis?

Hey hey, Ho ho….Lethal
greed has got to go! Nan 1-1-23

I found the following in an old journal. Hope I never shared it. Trash it if I did and you remember it:


Is a sense of humor catching

or does it come with the genes?

When did you start laughing,

and did you ever stop?

Do you ever laugh out loud reading

or made a blooming mess?

In secret do you find dark humor funny

or had to leave a meeting due to

giggles ill repressed? Or maybe felt

the laughter healing in the belly,

reassured that you’re onto

a good thing: you!

Do blacks laugh more than whites?

Seems they maybe do–black women, solid

underneath. I remember Georgia, black sitter

for us kids, who laughed and laughed

at Arthur Godfrey and all the little Godfreys.

Warm and cheery, she laughed until

 her husband died, then left, unable to repay

my father’s small loan.

I hope she’s out there somewhere, a laughing

up a storm with humor ever deeper than the tears.

If humor’s a defense, Hail Mary

All my bases are covered.

Nan – reworked a little 1-1-23

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