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27 Apr

The Logic in Laughter

The Logic in Laughter


Douglas Scotney


Born in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia in 1953 to ex-farming stock of German and English extraction, Douglas Scotney did his education at the University of Queensland and later at SACAE, Adelaide. He is engaged in a perennial quest for sense, order, understanding, knowledge of self and relaxation. A versatile artist with a degree in Visual Arts, Scotney finds delight in poetry, film, gardening, fiction, chess and spectating sport. Originally titled “The Dalai Lama’s Laugh”, “The Logic in Laughter” is a disturbing short poem that explores the mental mechanics of laughter. The reader can only admire the tenacity and logic of the poet when he says that happiness lies in being less happy.


Strange, challenging logic,

that we seek happiness on the plain

because seeking it amongst the peaks

through refinement of talent

and inspiration by one faith

breeds unhappy rejects

and revenge-seeking discards:

to not have them, to be less happy.

Happiness lying in being less happy.

We need less to make us laugh. 

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