If you laugh from deep

If your laughter rises from a belly
overflowing with sweetness,
all your mouth covered in teeth,

do you sigh with a heart covered in love,
or laugh that smile in your chest
or does that joy embody

a scale we must hum,
struck tuning forks
lost in pure pitch of feeling

or should I say simply
there is a heart in my mouth
that must speak

& please listen
with your head
covered in ears

***Many thanks to duet partner and friend Noel Ihebuzor for both using the two Igbo sayings in conversation that triggered this poem (head covered in ears and mouth covered with teeth), and also for tweaking the poem with me! Β Reading this, all my mouth is covered in teeth!

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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27 Responses to If you laugh from deep

  1. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I like the way you worked the sayings into this poem. Like you told me a few days ago, you feel like your poetic voice is giving voice to others (often those who are ignored, abused and disadvantaged) and that comes through again (and beautifully) here.

    • Jeremy, thank you! Had a lot of fun with this one. The sayings I have heard (and not many of them, at that) seem to be full of such wonderful imagery and wit–how could they not inspire poetry? πŸ™‚

  2. unfetteredbs says:

    I like “there is a heart in my mouth that must speak” what an image that conjures up of a lovely person…(who wrote this)

  3. Green Speck says:

    Heart in mouth … what an imagination !!!

  4. ***Covering his mouth and blushing widely!
    Nice one, Susan. I hereby confer an igbo chieftaincy title “Ada di na mba” on you. (our daughter on foreign soil)

  5. Kyle says:

    love this and also the new theme and especially the header pics you’ve chosen

  6. nelle says:


    So hard, my head of rocks. πŸ™‚

    Good one, Susan.

  7. Rhonda says:

    beautiful words from your beautiful heart in your mouth full of teeth for our head covered in ears! wow.

  8. you certainly don’t need another comment but I had to applaud you in the hidden smiles the very body can feel ! Wonderful !

  9. Ian Moone says:

    really enjoyed this lovin the imagery

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