Collected Poems of John Holmes
Holmes, John A., Jr.
In all his years, man laughs three times at life
Once, as a little child, a rill of merriment
As a clear and sparkling as a mountain stream
Again, in flush of youth, a strong and ringing laugh,
A laugh of joy, for battle, for the dream
He sees all bright, and means to make come true;
And once again in later life, chuckle
At remembered days, a laugh of satisfaction
And of aged pride at life lived through.