Puns aren’t Funny in Poetry

Bill HicksFrom the Poetic Asides blog:

For today’s prompt, write a moment poem. The moment can be a big moment or small moment; it can be a good moment or horrible moment; it can affect thousands or matter to just one person. Some moments happen in crowded rooms; some happen in the most quiet of spaces. Find yours and write a poem.

Puns aren’t Funny in Poetry

As stand-up comedy
doesn’t work on the page,
puns aren’t funny in poetry,
because they rely on homophones
like Bill Hicks’ pigeons
at the Kennedy assassination
talking about coups.

It’s all in the timing.
The comedian must allow
an additional moment
for consciousness to expand,
accommodate dual meanings
and a mind grown.

You can find a recording of the Bill Hicks joke to which I referred on YouTube. Beware, he uses words not acceptable in polite society.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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