Like Jazz – #reverb10

#reverb10 – Beautifully Different.
Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
(Author: Karen Walrond@chookooloonks)

The booth we sat in was dimly lit, softening the tacky art prints and pre-fab decor on the walls. Dessert on its way, we were talking a million miles an hour. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I laughed so loudly that the sound echoed through the cavernous restaurant, the tail end bounding off tchotchkes and wood paneling, landing back at our table as I inhaled air to catch up with my breathing.


I believe in belly-laughing. Laughing so hard I gasp for air in unexpected, uncontrollable shrieks. That point when that little spot at the back of my jaw aches. When my fair skin turns an outrageous pink.

I laugh loudly.


He wrote poetry.

He left sealed envelopes on my doorstep. Or small poems tucked inside boxes of incense he’d bring back from his travels. Voicemail-poems that were 8 minutes long and that I’d listen to over and over and over again. He breathed—whispered—prose.

There was one poem in which he said my laughter was like jazz.

Like Rahsaan Rolland Kirk and Billy Holiday and Ben Webster and Abdullah Ibrahim. And every once in a while, a little like Ma Rainey.

Laughter like jazz.

  • Gwen Bell

    Holy stunning, Cali. Writing like this is beyond the blog medium. It needs to be written on bathroom stalls and spray painted on buildings and tattooed on bodies.

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  • Aba

    That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  • achingly beautiful. i agree with gwen, except i’d opt for calligraphy on rice paper–framed on a wall. reading this made my heart flutter.

    • Mmm…. calligraphy on rice paper sounds amazing! :) Thank you, Dolly!

  • Meaghan (who smiles) ;)

    As a fellow loud laugher, I bow to you. ;) There aren’t many of us out there who are proud of such a wonderful gift… :D

    • Love it, Meaghan! It IS a wonderful gift! :D

  • Doniree

    Cali – this is beautiful! Excellent take on this prompt, I’m in love :)

    • Thank you so much, m’dear! This was a challenging prompt for me to wrap my head around (and from the wide range of responses, I know I wasn’t the only one feeling that way)…but recently someone commented on my loud laugh…and I knew I had to write about it!

  • oh yes. this is worth preserving and spreading. absolutely. yes.

  • Thank you for sharing a bit of your heart. He’s was right… I’ve heard that laughter. It’s beautiful. Just like you.

    • *blush* There was so much laughter at Lagniappe. :) So glad it was with YOU!

  • A breathtakingly gorgeous post – thank you!

    • Wow – and what a gorgeous comment! You’re welcome. And thank YOU.