Blissful Contagion (2022 Poem 11)

Grown ups chuckle with delight
Until we can barely breathe
Worries left outside our door
Brought into the present with a snap

Elders guffaw in shared surprise
Until ribs are sore and aching
Memories of best loved times
Complaints are all forgotten

Babies chortle gleefully
Until their belly hurts
Smiles appear on all who hear
Happiness, a beautiful contagion

(Prompt: Write a poem about laughter without ever using the words, laugh, laughter, or giggle.)

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