Poetic Humor vs Humorous Poetry

Most of you who know me, know that I love poetry. Yet, sadly I have not been given the gene that allows that wonderful gift to translate itself into the creativity that those who are gifted call, prose!

I guess I can say the same thing about the humor gene. Yep, you guessed it; the Lord seen me coming and said, “No way, not needed!” Now what I mean by that is like the poetry gene, no creativity, it just passed me by. Oh don’t worry, when it comes to humor and jokes, just like the poetry I love, I can laugh at jokes and smile at something humorous.

My wife’s father was a funny man. Oh I don’t mean funny looking or such, heavens no, he’d give me one of those “looks” if he heard me say something like that. But he had a wicked sense of humor! When he was around, he’s in Heaven now looking down on all of us and yes, he’s probably laughing; anyway when he was around, I used to tell him, and I truly believed it, that he used to stay up nights without sleep just thinking of some one-liners to throw our way the next day!!


Anyway, of the material things I inherited from him were a couple of wooden plaques he used to have on his desk, one of which said, “Sometimes I sits and thinks . . . And sometimes I just sits.” Well, this one is by my desk now and as it so happens the other day I was doing just that; the thinkin’ part, not the just sits part!

I was looking at some of the websites I like that have poetry and what was crazy is that I had my WordPress dashboard open to my humor site which I just started a couple of weeks ago. And as I was “sitting” there, I started thinking about the poetry and the humor and what an odd combination the two could be. Oh yes, I had some thoughts of some not so nice limericks TRY to creep in, but that isn’t the same as poetry! I thought wouldn’t it be something if I had the talent and the creativity to write poetry and do it in a humorous way and voilà, the possible titles of category emerged!

I know, I know! What good are the category titles if you can’t put something in them? But I was really pleased. I realized I had the gene for creating CATEGORIES, my DNA wasn’t totally worthless after all!

Of course, finally realizing my self-worth I just couldn’t resist letting my wife know of the creative breakthrough I had just stumbled over. I immediately went into the other room and interrupted her very entertaining television show with this earth-shattering breakthrough. I have to tell you, she’s her father’s daughter. I think before he went home to be with the Lord that he must have left instructions with her to use HIS “look” if I ever needed to be put in my place! For some reason, visions of him looking down on me flashed through my brain, yet I proceeded to tell my wife of my breakthrough.

Suffice it to say right here, that though I have no creativity when it comes to humor or jokes, my wife and adult children are always telling me that I AM A JOKE! Now mind you, I have spent many hours in front of my computer on Bing and on Google trying to figure out what they mean by that statement. The only thing I can think of is that when they say it to me, though I’ve tried to ask them, they all always have this slanted smile on their faces and after all, isn’t that what humor is supposed to do? Cause people to smile I mean?!

I received one of those inherited “looks” from my wife AND the slanted smile and took that as reward enough and went back to my office and my computer. Rewards are great but fleeting. I STILL can’t come up with any poetry, funny or otherwise and trying to make jokes into some form of prose has given me a headache.

So for anyone interested, I have two forms of categories involving poetry AND humor if anyone needs something like that. I sit here looking at the plaque I received from my father-in-law and yep, you guessed it, right now I don’t “thinks,” I just “sits!”

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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