What Makes You Laugh?

Written for:  Poets United, Midweek Motif ~ “The role of humor in our lives”

Closer to prank or parody?  
Closer to joking or satire? 
Yours or someone else’s?
Laughter or groans?
Your Challenge:  
Let your poem give us an experience of the role of humor in a life.  Be funny if you wish, but it is not required.

Imitating someone
is too easy–slapstick,
too silly. A prank might
not seem funny
to the prankee. Give me
sarcasm anytime. While an
integral part of my life
growing up on the east coast,
I find people in other locations,
not as appreciative
of this kind of humor.
They simply do not get it.
When my husband walks
up to a person tending
an information kiosk,

and straight-faced, asks
the capital of Iowa,
it makes me laugh.
If you take an ordinary
situation and turn it
into the unexpected,
that is humorous, to me.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to What Makes You Laugh?

  1. oldegg says:

    Good on your husband. I might try that!

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  2. Amrit Sinha says:

    Well said … there is humour in every ordinary situation 🙂


  3. Susan Chast says:

    Surprise and incongruity is classic funnyness according to theory and according to you too! Love it. If someone walked up to me and asked that, I’d be looking for the Candid Camera. Maybe those days are over! Are people that rushed? Or that scared?


  4. Any form of humor is welcome. I like sarcastic and dry. Keep them laughing


  5. I would love to see the stupefied expression on the person’s face when your husband asks something like that. Hilarious. Cackling is what keeps me going. I so enjoyed this.


  6. jae rose says:

    Yes..it’s all about the simple things! May try something similar tomorrow 😉


  7. glmeisner says:

    Irony, also a great form of humor. Such as calling what your husband did sarcasm rather then the prank it is. I laughed.

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  8. wolfsrosebud says:

    nor do the Asians appreciate it

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  9. i guess laughing is human nature.


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