What is Laughter after all? Just musing after watching "King Lear" in The Shakespeare's Globe Theater, London.
What is laughter?
An expression of delight
A celebration of happiness
Pouring fourth of ecstasy...
A release of pent up feelings
A nervous drive
A cover-up for embarrassment
A hiding of inner sorrow...
A sign of contentment,
of deep fulfillment,
expressed in a smile,
Lurking sweetly at the jaw-line...
A mocking mirth
A jeering at an opponent
A sarcastic remark
A guffaw of phoo-phooing-
Like the ancient Greek,
who viewed it as the
expression of derision or scorn...
An establishing of superiority
Over someone's inadequacy,
Inability or clumsy fright,
By making fun of his infirmity
Appreciation of a witty remark,
A joke, or banter...
A spontaneous reaction
At the absurdity of a tragic plight:
Like Charlie Chaplin once noticed
a piglet being chased through the streets
By a butcher with a knife-
A tragic-comedy, if you like...
Like King Lear Mocking the winds
To rage and pour fourth
And 'drown the steeples';
Or holding a mock trail with poor Tom
Banishing his daughters for their deeds-
A release of half madness arising from deep grief...
A hysteric laughter merging with sobbing
At the frustration of inability to deal
with deep anguish buried in the soul
Vying for release of some sort at least-
As Freud suggested that laughing was
Fundamentally a release of psychic frustration
Or nervous energy from within...
And yet Aristotle saw
a sign of humanity-
Observing that human beings are
the only creatures who laugh....
So laugh, my friend!
Because laughter is Human
It's healthy, it's a release...
Aligarh (UP), India
Copyright ©: Zoya Zaidi
Poetry by Zoya Zaidi
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Written on 2008-05-12 at 12:02
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