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Laugh out loud

Laugh out loud my friend
Laugh out loud
I know there are times when we cry
When we’re sad
When the world weighs heavy on us
But when you can
Please laugh out loud

Let your laughter ring
Through the room
Let it bring joy to everyone

The days of women being
Demure is done
Laugh out loud my friend
Laugh out loud

Tears are special
When they fall
They was the sadness
From our hearts

But when life affords you
The opportunity to laugh
Laugh out loud my friend
Laugh out loud

You need to be heard
You need to shine
You need to celebrate life
No more silent or quiet laughter
Laugh out loud my friend
Laugh out loud

Sometimes heads turn
When we laugh out loud
We take people by surprise
Women’s laughter is noticed
More than men’s
Because we’ve been quiet for too long

I read somewhere
Laughter is spiritual relaxation
I read it’s the best medicine
I know it invigorates you
I know that fatigue leaves

And if you can make
Other people laugh out loud
May you be blessed for all time!
November 4th, 2016

A new low…

When truth does not matter anymore
And people say whatever they want, true or not
When you need to fact-check someone’s assertions
Because we can’t trust them

When dishonesty is rewarded by material gains
When you can’t count on anyone’s words
And they keep denying what can’t be denied

Our society has reached a new low

When we expect politicians to lie
At least sometimes
When accusations fly back and forth
With no way to prove who’s telling the truth

When women are objectified
And those remarks are asked to be excused
As locker-room talk
What kind of example are we setting for the young?

When civility is lost
And words are spoken that make one cringe
When insults take the place of discussion and talk
We know we have reached a new low in our society

Don’t get me wrong
I think there is hope
But, boy does the night seem dark
Before the appearance of the dawn

 

October 11th, 2016

Support group for women who don’t love to cook

 

First, we acknowledge that cooking is an art
An art that brings joy to the hearts

Second, we believe that not all women love to cook
That would be, after all, absurd
Not all women love to sew or knit
So why should we all love to cook

Third, we encourage men to cook
At least some of the time

Fourth, please understand us and support us
We don’t mean to be unkind

Fifth, dinner will be made in under an hour
More time in the kitchen is harmful to us

Sixth, The occasional preprepared meal is allowed
Pizza, hamburger, pierogi and so on

Seventh, we hope you really appreciate it when we cook
It takes a lot of effort for us

Eighth, It’s not easy to cook day after day
If you don’t believe us give it a try

 

Sept. 11th, 2016

Over fifty

Being over fifty can be so cool
First of all, you’ve passed forty and
The world did not fall apart

Then, your children are older
And you have more time

You don’t have the anxiety of trying to figure out your life
You have accumulated some wisdom

Now that I’m over fifty I know
It’s OK to laugh out loud in a crowd
I know what I like and what I don’t like

I don’t worry as much about what other people think
I feel free to write my heart out

I’ve lived, fallen, got up and smiled
I have things to write about

I’ve discovered my passion and finally know
What I want to be when I grow up

I’ve made it through the sleepless nights
When my children were young
Now, I can go to bed before they do
And that’s alright

A wrinkle here, a wrinkle there
But who cares
Why should we be afraid of wrinkles and age spots
I think we should wear them like badges of honor and
Be proud of them like battle scars

So, all is well, all is right
I’m over fifty and even now
The world has not fallen apart
If anything I know better who I am
And what my strengths are
January 31st, 2016

Modern times

In some places men can marry four wives
And keep a few more, on the side
I was thinking to myself
Why not give women the same right?

After all, times have really changed
Women are educated and breadwinners
One wife and four husbands can be as viable economically as
One husband and four wives

Why this change you may ask?
I say, why not?
What’s the difference between us
What makes one condition possible
And the other not?
We are living in modern times!

Now, to tell you the truth
I’m just making a point
I think one husband is more than enough
Find a good one and you’re set for life
No need to keep looking around

And while I’m at it I want to mention that
I think that men should now cover their hair
Now-a-days men’s hair can be so stylish
With new fashionable cuts, colour and highlights
I think it’s time for men to cover their hair
To keep women’s eyes off of them

And what’s all these tight pants
And shirts they wear
Where is the modesty, I dare say
Flowing clothes are much better
Otherwise a coat they should wear

Now, all of this is only in good fun
But really what makes men different from us
Why the double standard, different rules
I don’t get it, l’m confused

Modern times need modern rules
It’s the twenty first century
We need to ask men to cover their hair
Or let women uncover them!

January 29th, 2016

Sent from my iPad

From mundane to philosophical

The pizza dough instruction said
Cook at 450 degrees
I suggested 425!
Albert asked why?

Why do you question 450?
Don’t you think they gave this some thought?
Don’t you think they know what
They are talking about?

Yes, but I think 425 will do the job!

Why? How does this make sense?

Why should I make sense, said I!
There are lots of things that don’t make sense
Why should this one?

It doesn’t make sense when close friends
Move far away
It doesn’t make sense that some people
Throw away food while others starve!
It doesn’t make sense that we try to
Solve our problems with war!
That we create safety by having more guns!

It doesn’t make sense that girls are not treated right
They can’t get the education they want
They are sold and bought!

I know this is heavy stuff
But these things don’t make sense either
Why should I?

Feb. 1st, 2015

Silenced?

She was silenced …
Or was she?
Her words will enchant us for years to come
How can one silence a trumpet blast?
How can one hide the sun?

She had to wear a veil and speak from behind a curtain
But even though her physical beauty was lost to others
Her inner beauty was evident in her precious, gem-like words

She could not travel alone
But travel she did
Far and wide
How can a tornado be bottled?
How can a raging river be stopped?

She had no say in who she would marry
But she did not stay in the confines of the home
With the one she did not choose or love

She was not supposed to lead
A woman’s place was at home, not in mosks and schools
But she broke those rules too
Thousands of men and women were devoted to her and
Hung on her every word

Her courage and strength and her fearless temperament
Were her shield
Her conviction, her guide
At a time when women
Were not supposed to be seen or heard
In a culture that did not value women
She broke the mould and cried out!

Her gifts were other-worldy
Her dreams, her guide
Her heart was set on freeing women from bondage
Her inspiration, the Word of God!
Don’t, can’t and it has not been done
Had no effect on this spiritual giant of our time!

Lida Berghuis
August 22nd, 2014