Thursday, July 26, 2012

If They Can't Take A Joke

On the tip
of my intemperate tongue
is a tasteless joke
tickling
inappropriate giggles
from the guts of grief.
Snickers and snorts
of every sort
crash against the cracks
of my crumbling composure.
Finally, I let it loose -
the gallows guffaw
of a hanged man
struggling for balance
at the end of a fraying rope.

Hat trick!  A sound for Think Tank Thursday, balance for dVerse, and . . . 55 words for my G-Man!

45 comments:

G-Man said...

Fuck em....Hehehehe
You did well Grasshopper brilliantly satisfying THREE writing prompts with one fell swoop!
Loved the 55 part.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Fireblossom said...

No fish heads?

Daydreamertoo said...

As we say: "If they can't take a joke they shouldn't have joined"
LOL
Love the G-man's response ..hehe
Nice triple whammy MZ Darn, I nearly made that rhyme ;)

flipside records said...

I also have a messed-up sense of humor that I store in an invisible sack tied to the tip of my tongue. Alas, at times, the laces do come undone.

Great sound throughout, especially here: "crash against the cracks
of my crumbling composure"

I also loved the gallows guffaw of a hanged man.

Brian Miller said...

gallows humor is the best you know...anything to hide the tears in a smile...fun flow as well in this mz....

Myrna R. said...

You pack a lot in these few words. Nice how you responded to all these prompts. Very clever.

Laurie Kolp said...

Love the ending.

Anna Montgomery said...

You always delivery MZ, congrats on the awesome hat trick!

Victoria said...

Priceless ending and a great way to bring the balance into this fun poem.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so know gallows humor, my friend! Loved this.

Sioux said...

I too often open my mouth up and crack a joke--many times bordering on the risque--so I could really relate.

Claudia said...

ha...gallows humor .. we have this expression as well in germany...and there are times one needs it badly

Sylvia K said...

I do love your gallows humor and these days it seems easy to find almost every place! But G-Man is right -- fuck em!

manicddaily said...

Well well well played. k.

Mary said...

Sometimes the best thing is to just find a way to LAUGH.....and sometimes that gallows humor does the trick.

Far Beyond The Ridge said...

After all, what can they do? Hang him again? Loved so much play in the words. Now only if i had heard the joke. Damn!
Rick

myheartslovesongs said...

HA! wonderful take on all the prompts, MZ!

Marja said...

gallows humor has ruled here the last year. Just loved your poem, loved the gallows humor at the end

Green Speck said...

Loved it :-)

aprille said...

A 'sound for' life more like. What a complete poem, with delicious allits, an effortless rhythm and a wonderful thread running through its meagre lines. Bravo!

Dave King said...

Yes, gallows humour at its best, and at its very best right at the end.

Vaishali Jain said...

LOL Cute! :D

Heaven said...

Great work MZ ~ Happy Friday ~

Raven said...

Rat - a - tat - tat ... or as G-man says fuck-em. Loved it!

izzy said...

I have a hard time with last lines,
love the snickers and guffaws!

Dennis Go said...

"Finally, I let it loose -
the gallows guffaw
of a hanged man
struggling for balance
at the end of a fraying rope."

Awesome work here! Loved it!

Melissa Bickel said...

This is awesome free verse at its best.

Sometimes we can't please everyone. It's impossible I believe

So glad I stopped by.

Teresa said...

Love it! Sometimes those inappropriate jokes are just the medicine that people need!

Tara R. said...

Humor can be found in almost anything, even the ghastly and tragic.

John (@bookdreamer) said...

It's one of the rules of life that a strain of comedy or tradegy is in every thing!

poetryinverse said...

You never disappoint! I love it! Your personality shines through your words and it is wonderful! I agree with G-man!

Other Mary said...

I love black humor. Let 'er rip!

Lolamouse said...

Nice hat trick! I absolutely LOVE black humor and often get very odd looks after making jokes. You must like Coen brothers movies, eh?

kaykuala said...

A joke is a joke! It has to be taken in that context. If they can't it's just too bad. Great thoughts MZ!

Hank

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Even dark humor is better than none!

ShoeBox said...

I rarely think jokes funny, but love when they're tasteless just the same. Dark is good. Feels homey :)

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Gallows humor runs deep in my family, in my veins, and I have to tell you, this cracked me up. Should I confess that a long-running thing about my dad's slovenliness came up at his funeral? The pastor said, "In my Father's house there are many rooms..." and I whispered to my sisters, "He probably won't clean that one either," and we all cracked up, but our heads were down so everyone thought we were crying. Then they patted us on the back trying to comfort us and we were laughing about THAT. I think Dad would have loved that, actually!! Peace, Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/07/25/twofer-gathering-and-a-limerick/

lucychili said...

yes sometimes laughter is the flipside of sadness or fear. we are strange creatures.

SaraV said...

I should carry this poem around to explain all the times I've laughed when I shouldn't! Absolutely perfect:-) a five star grin

˙·٠•●❤Sh@KiR@ ❤●•٠·˙ said...

You are AWESOMENESS!!
I love it, you go girl!
Great plot and you got me going!

Have you and your family a blessed weekend.

hugs
shakira


Mine is here

chazinator said...

I know that tension, though I must admit that grief has not always been part of it. This is so interesting and well done in the way you have brought the tension and its underlying psychology to light. Powerfully done, tension-filled and the balance tipped.

Sara McNulty said...

Dark humor is delicious.

happygirl said...

Three in one fell swoop. Love alliteration and rhythm and the 55. You set the bar so high.

Ella said...

I love your take on the prompt ; )

Lydia said...

A three-fer! Well done you.