Humor is a Funny Thing

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  No Houses

A poem I wrote for my grandmother

Humor is a Funny Thing

Just got off the phone with my grandma

She said for me to get hopping, write something to make her say, “ha!”

I’ve got nothing remotely funny to say in this poem,

but I’d better come up with something by the next time I visit her home

To her, I’m just a joke machine

But I’d better keep the language clean

I’m having trouble coming up with anything at all

The Humor Express has smashed into a wall

But she told me, “Get to work right now!”

This Humor Ship is sinking; it’s going down by the bow

Funny is subjective, humor is a funny thing

It’s like the supposedly-humorous songs I used to sing

If one guy thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard,

another guy thought it blew.If humor was a bird,

mine would be a wingless freak

that couldn’t fly; yes, it would be too weak

Speaking of ‘weak’, that what all my ideas are

My unfunny ideas won’t go very far;

nowhere, in fact; yes, I got nothing,

absolutely nothing that would bring

a smile to her face; and a chuckle to her lips

But I need something before she verbally clips

my wings; but like I’ve previously said, I aint got some;

I’m sorry grandma, but I’d better stay mum

I know, having nothing never stopped me before,

trying to come up with some more

something that will make her roar,

Some entertaining schtick

I know, I know, I’m making you sick!

“Give it up Mike; save us all a lot of trouble

Yours popped a long time ago; your old humor bubble”

So grandma, if you’re reading this poem to be wildly amused,

you’re going to be disappointed, because you confused

me with someone who has talent; I just

don’t have any; don’t strain your eyes; look away; you must!

Submitted: June 15, 2011

© Copyright 2021 Mike Stevens. All rights reserved.

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Your Grandma knows different Mike when you say you don't have talent. To be able to make people laugh has got to be one of the greatest talents and, as far as I am concerned, you can do that so easily. Keep writing Mike and I am sure your Grandma would agree. By the way this poem has proved that you can come up with a good one even when you have writing block, which has got to be a gift in itself. Take care.... Pat

Thu, June 16th, 2011 5:23am


Thanks Pat, and I would agree that even if I have writer's block, there's always something to write about! And thank you for saying I'm funny. I don't get writer's block very often, but when I do, being funny is a challenge!

Thu, June 16th, 2011 9:05am

Adelynn Welby

I'm sure your grandma knows you have talent, cause i sure do! to be able to write even when you feel you don't have something to say is a good skill! i hate writers block :p haha but this is good, i liked it

Thu, June 16th, 2011 9:04pm


Thanks, I just wrote about something that I know a lot about; not having much worthwhile to say. I have plenty to say, but not much worthwhile!

Thu, June 16th, 2011 3:15pm


That's some good stuff mate. The line that stands out to me is "I'm sorry Grandma, but I'd better stay mum". I can't really explain why, I guess it's the family thing but using "mum" in a different way.

Keep it up

Thu, June 16th, 2011 10:47pm


Sheepfish, thanks for your kind words. It's funny, but I got the idea from what my teachers used to say to me, "better stay mum"!

Thu, June 16th, 2011 4:44pm


Your grandma knows you better than you know yourself!
I love this poem!
its quirky and I can relate to the whole not feeling like i have talent!
keep writing MIKE!!!

Fri, June 17th, 2011 4:56pm


Thanks for liking this poem and for the nice words you said about me!

Fri, June 17th, 2011 10:24am


you come up with good poems. i like this. when you bring out your more serious side you often bring out your best. i'm back from vacation, as if you couldn't tell from all this blathering.

Sun, June 19th, 2011 9:05am


Bruce, I'm probably repeating myself here, but thanks!

Sun, June 19th, 2011 1:46pm


Smiled some and laughed a little... Especially the very last line.
Maybe it's just me, but you reminded me of Yoda there.
"Write now, you must. For someday a great poet, you'll be." However.

Good comedy is difficult to write, nice work. Your grandma must be proud.

Sat, July 16th, 2011 1:46am


Toni,thanks for liking the poem, and for saying you think I have talent. I was trying for serious, though, (not really!)

Sat, July 16th, 2011 8:40am

Zin Dar

Ahh, another "I-can't-write-anything-because-of-writers-block-and-I-will-write-about-this-as-I-go-along-coming-up-with-random-things-that-may-turn-funny-after-all-and-I-hope-I-get-people-to-laugh-in-the-process" poem.
Good work...
One thing, try to revise the structure of this? I'm not sure if it was intended or not, but it took me a few moments to realise how to split the lines and whether there were rhyme in here or not...
Good work regardless ^^

Fri, August 5th, 2011 5:00pm


Thanks, Zin Dar!

Fri, August 5th, 2011 12:01pm


Oh, wow, Mike. I can't believe my favourite Booksie writer ever thought this! It was a joke, right?

Fri, June 17th, 2016 7:49pm


Thanks, Hully--and yes, it was a joke, I wrote this years ago for my Grandma, who's since passed on. It was one of those days when I had nothing to write about, and I've found when that's the case, I can always make fun of myself, it's pretty easy!

Fri, June 17th, 2016 1:40pm

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