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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Brother of a Joke


The year was 1922,
Nineteen years. A grown man, true.
Australia. Armed with book, not sword,
Expecting naught of fame. Reward.
To serve the land and serve the Lord.

On April 1, a telegram,
Sent to him from Pa and Mam,
“Great news!” it chortled. Not a joke,
(Cause you can trust your hometown folk!)
A baby brother had ‘awoke’.

He laughed and tossed the note aside,
Oh, what a joke, he then decried,
His Pa got better every year,
(With telltale grin from ear to ear.)
At making jokes his new career,

When he got home a few months hence,
And walked along the airport fence,
To greet his kin of cow and corn,
(That beautiful and sunny morn.)
He found a brother had been born!

He stopped and stared, then stared again,
His siblings now did number 10!
A crowd, a herd, a ‘not-a-few’,
(Yes, one more lad, they had accrued.)
His Pa just laughed at jaw askew.

He said, “My son, this Joke’s on you!”



Each month a tale, a 'tour de farce'
With wit that's plentiful or sparse,
All on a theme so fun. And new.
So tell me. How well did we do?

Karen of Baking In A Tornado: The Joke’s on You
Dawn of Cognitive Script: Joker’s Wild
Lydia of Cluttered Genius: Stuck on You

4 comments:

  1. Not only did I smile because of your sheer whit, but because when my husband was in high school, away at boarding school, his youngest brother was born.

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  2. Lovely to see another post from you. Expressed with your usual wit and flair.

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  3. Nice to see your poem today, Diane - and it was a good one as always :) There were 11 kids in my dad's family too. The oldest were long gone when the youngest were (plural because twins) born :)

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  4. haha that would be something if your parents were always joking you really would not believe it. Great poem/story

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