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Then Laugh

05 May

I discovered this poem a few years ago in Best Loved Poem of The American People. It’s much more pleasant to be around people who can still laugh and smile in spite of what they may be going through than to be around a whiner and complainer. Lord, help me to remember that when the trials come! :-)

Then Laugh
By Bertha Adams Backus

Build for yourself a strong box,
fashion each part with care;
When it’s strong as your hand can make it,
put all your troubles there;

Hide there all thought of your failures;
and each bitter cup that you quaff;
Lock all your heartaches within it,
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Tell no one else its contents,
Never its secrets share;
When you’ve dropped in your care and worry
keep them forever there;

Hide them from sight so completely
That the world will never dream half;
Fasten the strongbox securely—
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

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One response to “Then Laugh

  1. Tena

    July 19, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I like this too, Carol. :D Thank you for sharing.
    I have been so busy and haven’t been by your blog in a while.
    I have some catching up to do. Hope all is well with you and your family.
    Love, Tena

     

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