7 Short Poems Guaranteed To Bring A Smile To Your Face

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Though on the longest, most arduous, absolutely worst days it can be about as taxing as pulling your suitcase out of a crowded overhead storage bin on an even more crowded small-plane flight, smiling is necessary. We know that the sheer physical motion of smiling improves mood. If you're desperate, you can put a pencil between your teeth and wait for the neurotransmitters to do their thing — or you can read through one of these poems.

Does poetry still have a reputation for being deathly serious? It shouldn't. I mean, yes, there are plenty of poems that will move you to tears (don't read those right now!); there are poems that will make your heart slow down (probably don't read those right now, either); but there are just as many that will crack you up or at least make you grin. There's a real kinship between poets and stand-up comedians, I find, and I think you will, too, especially if you read the right writers.

These seven poems are sure bets to put a smile on your face. No, they won't resolve the source of your sour mood, but they just might help you forget it or, better yet, gain some perspective.

"Clue" by Nicole Sealey

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"Bread and Cake" by Kevin Prufer

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"United" by Naomi Shihab Nye

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"The Life of Man" by Russell Edson

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"Jokes Don't Translate Well From Russian" by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

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"It Happens Like This" by James Tate

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"Parties: A Hymn of Hate" by Dorothy Parker

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