in August rise frozen
against the setting sun
a glass of chardonnay
perspiring at the table
she doesn’t drink
In her laughter, a reminder
of the best medicine,
and the lesson she lived—
no one can beat you
when you’ve learned
how to laugh
R.I.P. Phyllis Diller, Comedic Genius (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012)
Copyright 2012 Jennifer Wagner
A wonderful reminder of how powerful it is when we see ourselves with levity and wit
Wasn't she so good at making people laugh. I remember watching her on TV as a kid in the 60's and though I didn't understand all of her jokes, thought she was so funny. A lovely tribute to her Jennifer.
A lovely tribute and lovely poem - especially like the segue of wine and table and summers past and medicine laughter. k.
Lovely tribute ans so true no one can hurt you when you laugh at yourself.
Love this. Well done.
amen....laughter is a beautiful thing...and def sometimes the best medicine for a moment...if someone taught you that they are indeed very special...smiles.
Light with with good clarity like I imagine the wine. I can hear the glass clink with the laughter.
I love this -- and I loved Phyllis Diller. You captured her well.
So right...Phyllis Diller was one of a kind. So hard to lose these one-of-a-kind people, as they are not replaceable. But then again, I guess we are all one-of-a-kind peole and not replaceable, aren't we? She could laugh at herself so well. That was her gift to herself...and to us all. Thank you for this poem.
Nice tribute to a funny lady. People who live their lives laughing have figured it out, haven't they?
laughter is a wonderful medicine. and being able to laugh at yourself...
so true that...laughter is a fantastic medicine...and it's precious to learn from people who live their own lessons and make us see that it really works
I like this so much and yes laughter is one of the best medicine. It reminds me of a quote that says you have grown up when you can laugh at your self.
I loved how zany Phyllis was~ She was a gift...my grandmother watched her on TV!
What a nice tribute to Phyllis Diller. I love how you portrayed her life and humor.
summers she doesn't drink anymore. TOO cool!!
I always loved Phyllis Diller. She lives on in the young at heart for sure.
I think we do take ourselves too seriously sometimes. Freeing indeed to "see ourselves with levity and wit". Thanks Audrey!
I was born in the 70's and remember her initially being on TV at my grandparents house. Like you, I didn't understand all her material at the time-- but I was drawn in by her zany look, her voice, and her raucous laugh. Always loved seeing her appear in specials over the years. She definitely knew how to deliver a line! Thanks much Daydreamertoo :)
Thanks k! Glad to hear you enjoyed those elements--I appreciate it!
I think it's true too--it can take some of the sting out of life--thanks much ayala :)
Thank you Susan, very much.
Maybe it doesn't cure all ails--but it is definitely medicinal...always feels better to laugh. Thanks Brian!
Thank you very much hoofprints!
She was unique--and you are right, we all are. She did have a gift and won't be forgotten because of it. A good reminder to use our gifts, right? Got me thinking again Mary, thanks!
I think you're right! Thanks PattiKen!
...and sometimes I think I need more doses, always helps! Thanks much RMP :)
Maybe it really worked too...she did live to be 95! Thanks Claudia!
Great quote--love it! Thanks for coming 'round my blog Kimolisa and sharing!
She always did seem to be having such a great time and it was contagious, that's a gift for sure. Hard not to grin at that zaniness! Thank you!
Thank you very much Victoria!
Thanks Jannie! It is good to be young at heart isnt' it? Laughter does that too-- glad you came by! Love your thoughts!
A lovely tribute to a truly funny lady.
What Eric said. :)
Love your descriptors: Light with good clarity--perfect! Thanks colleen!
Thank you Eric!
Thanks Rosemary :)
Love this poem!
Thanks very much, glad you do!
A certain favourite.
Thanks for the compliment and encouragement Matthew.
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