Kaleidoscope Online |Laughter: Richard Edwards


Hope is something 
we all need
if we are to succeed
a laugh can awaken the dream

a clown makes us laugh
how by allowing to see hilarity
it is a pity
that humor is the hardest thing to learn

Laughing is the greatest gift
it can cause a rift
it is not sublime
it has its time

we need to learn
that we are born
amid the scorn
we are not warm

in the winter’s hands
it is not sand
by joe,
it is snow

don’t wear a frown
it is a smile upside down
that a clown wears
as he cares 

to make us laugh
that is his sass
as he sashays 
amid the class

he has a heart
that is his art,
laughter is his game
it is his fame

he cannot explain
why he is insane
laughter chases away 
the blue days.

Richard’s  creative thoughts are not controlled or conditioned. He is positive with his means with which to express his opinions.  His thoughts are positive when he is willing to create ideas down on paper, as can be read in a new book of poetry and tales that he co-authored with Joyce Lancaster entitled, “Sunnybrook: Poems and Tales”,  published by Chickenbus Tales (2016).

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Kaleidoscope is an annually published journal featuring the creative writing of persons with lived experience of mental illness from across Manitoba.

Selected works are published in a digital, online anthology at www.artbeatstudio.ca/kaleidoscope-online.

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