Divine Laughter

by Phyllis Kriegel

Old Sarah laughed
Foretasting pleasure
When patriarch Abraham—
The old clothes dealer—
Would get her with child.

When Hades raped Demeter’s
Slender-ankled daughter Persephone
(Who ate a blood-red pomegranate seed)
The mother’s grief and anger
Turned the world deadly dark.

Then Baubo, goddess of bawdy,
Told a ribald story and gleefully
Showed her pudenda,
Demeter laughed and the whole earth
Grew heavy with green leaves and flowers.

Phyllis Kriegel:

Dallied with Dante
Played at Proust
Cuddled with Kafka

Then it hit me:

Stories happen
to those
 Who write them.