The World Smiles

Irony is a British kind of funny,
You take a big slice of lime, nice & juicy
Shred it, skin and all, into a thimble of tea
And sip it like great sports, now that’s a limey anomaly
Black humor is lost without its enemy
As laughter it survives
Hardships that are history
And as the blues it thrives
In between is the oriental smile
So subtle, sometimes you wonder if it’s real or servile
But yin turns to yang and opposites come true
All smiles curve, but laughter reaches eyes genuinely outta view
And the world smiles
The world smiles
Let’s not forget the American guffaw
Free and loud, lowbrow, charmingly so
Unc’ Sam, Leno, you know, I know, hell the whole world knows
His ‘liberty’ joke will kill’ya, claims GI Joe
And the world smiles
The world smiles
Closer home, there’s Indian mirth
Belly laughs of varied girth
Singing, dancing, convulsing with birth
A billion people laughing in dearth

© Suraj Mani

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