I used to laugh all the time. I used to laugh so much and so hard in church, in school, at the kitchen table, on the subway! I used to laugh so much my nose would run and my eyes would tear and I just couldn’t stop.

One of my elementary-school teachers warned me that if I didn’t stop laughing all the time I would literally die laughing.

And of course I thought that was one of the funniest ideas I’d ever heard, and I just laughed.

June Jordan
Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab

Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood, 2000