Poem of the Week: Comedy

by Susan Bassler
Pickford Member-at-large

Comedy:

Middle English, from Medieval Latin comoedia, from Latin, drama with a happy ending,

 from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmos revel + aeidein to sing    1300s

 

Fifty years ago Carol Burnett

Starred in her comedic variety show

Timeless as vaudeville

Slip on a banana peel

Everyone laughs

But not today

Democrats would point to recycling

Or the cutbacks in garbage men’s pay

Republicans would point to failed farm programs

Or the lapse of the work ethic

Independents would point to ineffective littering rules

The ha-ha’s  would halt in mid-air

The oxygen needed for a hearty guffaw

Sucked out of the prat fall

Political correctness has made fools of us

Comedy If not impossible, becomes anemic

Society has slipped on a banana peel

And we don’t get the joke

 

Comments

  1. Evocative Sharp and Poignant!

    Thank you.

  2. Great poem Susan, and it even made me laugh! Subtle truths spoken in wonderful satire! I’m still smiling, as I check the bottom of my shoe.

  3. Barb Whitmarsh says:

    DO YOU MEAN “POLITRICKS?”

    WELL SAID BUT NOTHING’S GUNNA CHANGE BUT THE DATE.
    THANKS FOR SHARING.
    B.W.

  4. Nina Brooks says:

    Sad reality. Where’s
    Pickford?

  5. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    we do seem to be a country that has lost its sense of humor…even our so-called humor is politicized to the point that it offers no comedic relief. Yes, society has slipped on a banana peel. But thankfully their are artists and creative types that shed insights and offer light and hope to our society. Thank you.