Laughter Came From Every Brick: Daily Dose of Poetry and Art

Nicole DuPlessis shared this poem from Love Poems From God by Daniel Ladinsky. It claims to be a translation of St Teresa of Avila, but it’s not quite clear if it’s really a translation or a poem inspired by her writings. Ladinsky seems to be a rather controversial poet, and I’ve found several sources who accuse him of playing fast and loose with his source material. Either way, it’s a beautiful poem and I just had to reshare.

Laughter Came From Every Brick

Just these two words He spoke
changed my life,
“Enjoy Me.”

What a burden I thought I was to carry –
a crucifix, as did He.

Love once said to me, “I know a song,
would you like to hear it?”

And laughter came from every brick in the street
and from every pore
in the sky.

After a night of prayer, He
changed my life when
He sang,
“Enjoy Me.”

2 Responses to Laughter Came From Every Brick: Daily Dose of Poetry and Art

  1. Katherine January 20, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    What a beautiful poem. I’ve never heard of this poet but, whether translated or inspired by, does he give any suggestion as to what writing of St. Teresa’s it is?

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

      No. That’s actually how I came to find out more about the poet. I was trying to track down where in St Teresa it’s from and came up with a lot of criticism about his translations. I’m thinking he might have made it up completely. But as a brief portrait of her loosely inspired by her life, I like it.

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