my laugh just traveled 4,000 miles

forgive me
if I stammer
but

my laugh just traveled
4,000 miles
pinged from satellite
to satellite
over continents
& oceans
to meet your ears

instantly.

I am not
so far
from those
who worship
airplanes
or think cameras
swallow souls

because
I want to shriek
at the impossible
made mundane–
the everydayness
of our voices

my family
floated this distance
in months
once

weaving drunk
once they touched
the sand of
this new continent

the same path
our breathing just
casually stretched across
to braid together
intimately

in seconds

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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16 Responses to my laugh just traveled 4,000 miles

  1. David Trudel says:

    I am something less than that away from you, but far enough. These days the miles hardly matter and matter is fluid as we surf the waves of connectivity. You laugh, and i respond. i post and you reply. Miles apart and close as a keyboard, I remember lining up to see the Gods Must be Crazy, I remember seeing Il Postino and relating even though it was so far removed. Where you start from isn’t nearly as important as where you finish up.

  2. David Trudel says:

    On the other hand, in my case, my parents had fabulous parties. Catered affairs, with brightly coloured Sobranie cigarettes arrayed alongside the table decorations, updoes and fancy dress, excessive drinking, all as we children listened in on the intercom network, which was pretty cutting edge for the sixties. My youth was privileged and iconic; part Tom Sawyer and part Holden Caulfield and I cherish each memory.

  3. Rhonda says:

    So well described. I’m just happy that it still amazes me; that I have no yet become ‘used’ to this miracle of miracles! :)

  4. Yes, yes, yes, yes! I love this.

  5. huge exhales..
    o’this is wonderful!

  6. Seb says:

    It really is a small world…

  7. nelle says:

    Perspective, again. Nice.

  8. The connectivity of the global village described so wonderfully

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