Written by Lisel Mueller
The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightnessIt rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out
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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 againPrisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women
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It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each otherWhat a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.
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