Friday, March 16, 2012

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. 


The Southern said...

Ten years ago a box would suffice
Now I have my failures , troubles, contradictory dreams and hypocritical thoughts written over the walls of my hazy face and yet , I smile
Thx 4 sharing

Nevena said...

oh well at least some of the problems and fear we can still hide in a trunk - it will be few less to cope with outside of it ;)