Depressed Comedians

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 31, 2018

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Depressed Comedians

Depressed comedians give to others
what they can’t give to themselves:
a brief respite from the toils of life
and laughter and smiles in swells.

It’s tough for comedians to cherish themselves
when they measure self-worth in laughs,
‘cause when the pretense is dropped and the jokes
are stopped
their self-worth is cut down in half.

Humor becomes a wall that comedians can use
to separate themselves from us.
The more self-hate that they accumulate
the thicker that wall becomes.

They don’t want us to see who they really are
so they draw attention away from the wall.
They proceed to make a clown that’s funny but
fake
so we don’t see the real them at all.

If we hate the clown it’s fake anyway,
the comedian isn’t hated then.
But for those of us around who do love the clown
we still don’t know the comedian.

So when the comedian stops telling jokes for a
minute
and is serious for a moment or two,
it’s because they felt close enough
to break down their wall for you.


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