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The Exuberant Laugh-ers

No one laughs as loudly or as exuberantly as a child 
from the ghetto or the barrio.
I know, for I have worked with children 
from a ghetto for six years, and from a barrio for five.
They have learned to laugh with absolute pure flat out sugar joy.  
Their excited piercing scream-laugh can go from zero to sixty in seconds.
Every good moment for them is a victory lap.
For it is a moment when they realize their brothers and sisters are all alive.
No one has been shot in a drive by.
No one has found a dead body in the park today.
It might be a moment that Mom is not shooting up heroin. 
It may be a moment that Dad comes home and does not beat on anyone.
But these children know how to celebrate a good moment.
Sure, they can be loud, but they have earned this right.
They might be dancing with pure joy because you gave them a piece of sausage pizza.
They might be jumping up and down with pure happy because you ate lunch with them.
I relish creating moments like these with the children I work with.
There is no laughter more boisterous, more happy, or more joyous than the laughter
of a child who knows how to cherish a moment.
If I can give one child a day, this moment, it is enough.
My job is done.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 6/12/2019 6:07:00 PM
Aww, Caren, you have this unique and innate poetic talent for truly touching my heart, (and many hearts here), with your big, loving and endearing heart. Your soul and talent shines in this amazing and deeply affecting poem. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 6/12/2019 6:52:00 PM
Thank you Susan. I so appreciate this wonderful comment. I cherish you as one of my great poetry soup friends, Susan. Love to you!
Date: 6/12/2019 12:55:00 PM
"flat out sugar joy" what a great visual, and absolute truth
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 6/12/2019 6:52:00 PM
It truly is; they laugh like no one else ever could, for every good moment for them they cherish like no other!