This year in June, I had a short email conversation with my friend Ram. Something moved me deeply and I went into uncontrollable laughter and out popped a little poem. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Tonight – I just want to laugh to bed.
Tonight – I just want to feel the reverberation of my smile.
Tonight – I just want to feel the joy of living.
Just for tonight – I want to say hi.
Because tonight – I am joy.
In my belly is joy.
In my heart is love.
In my hands are two gratitudes.
One for my God and one for me.
I laugh because I separated the two.
Just for tonight – I will laugh to bed.
It doesn’t stop this multitude of laughter,
It comes like a torrent I feel familiar with,
It washes away everything of me and my,
this beautiful laughter makes me smile.
In my belly is laughter.
In my space is laughter.
I only feel this bliss tonight.
You may find it funny,
Or you may find it strange.
But every time I read,
That the questions have gone
And the answers are there
My belly just smiles, it smiles, it smiles/
Please come and share my laughter,
I have loads and loads of it to give away.
I have been hiding it and pretending to be civilized.
And this pretense makes me laugh and laugh,
Even more than I smile.
I pretend to have manners,
I pretend to talk civilized,
I pretend I even can speak,
What a wonder am I.
When what I am really,
Is just a bundle who is high.
Laughter, laughter, laughter.
Please tickle me every night.
- Dennis Taraporewala (June, 2010)