The Laughter of Women

The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness

It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out

The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again

Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women

It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other

What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.

Poem by Lisel Mueller

3 thoughts on “The Laughter of Women

  1. Lisa says:

    Oh, thank you for posting this video and poem! Very powerful!

    The video made a lump in my throat! How great that we witnessed this in our lifetime!

    And the poem ~ wow! I just came from hearing Carol J. Adams speak at Earlham College. She’s a feminist vegan and it was quite an empowering day!

    I’m posting that poem in my journal (and perhaps even on the wall of my ‘new’ sacred studio space).



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