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Just a Bit of Nonsense

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

Just because I can - I drew a dragon

Just because I can - I drew a dragon


Sometimes this world gets much too serious. We concentrate too much on the day to day grind of work to make our living. I sometimes wonder what “make our living” actually means. I came to the conclusion it should really be “pay our bills.”

Well, if we worry about that 24/7 all we will end up with is an ulcer and /or eventual burn out. We need to find moments to lighten up, see the funny side of life, and take things a little less seriously for a while.

Some of us don’t like to to make fools of ourselves but just letting your hair down and being a little silly from time to time is good for our well-being, and it is a fact that regular laughter can actually help us live longer. Comedy, jokes, and things like nonsense verse fit that bill.

Most of my writing has a message or opinion embedded within but sometimes what you write randomly in fun and without a lot of thought conveys an unexpected but none less important lesson (here it is to keep adding text so you reach the HP preferred minimum of 700 word count.)

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

Just a Bit of Nonsense

I don’t have time

To make this rhyme,

But if I did

It would be sublime.

These stanzas all

Are as they fall,

The order at

My muse’s call.

Remember when

You were just ten?

I’d like that time

Relived again.

If I cannot

I’ll fire a shot

Into a pile

Of polka dots.

One tall midget reached up high,

Touched the ground above the sky,

Tied his loafers, licked his tongue,

And told about the bee he stung.

He painted, then, an oval square

The color of the bald man's hair,

And in the painting you could hear

What's undetected by the ear.

— Brian P Cleary: “Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry"

Pretty grandkids

All in a row.

Sprinkle with love

To make them grow.

A dozen beers

Shared with your peers

Helps dull the mind

And allay fears.

As man’s best friend

Dogs don’t pretend.

They’re ever-patient

Up to the end.

If I should cook

From a stolen book,

Does that make me

A cook book crook?

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea

In a beautiful pea green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

Wrapped up in a five pound note.

— Edward Lear: “The Owl and the Pussycat

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

This nonsense verse

May make you curse,

But don’t forget

It could be worse.

It’s just a rumour

You’ll get a tumour

If you laugh at

My sense of humour.

Someone said It,

Someone did it,

But not a one

Would admit it.

I may be thick

As a clay brick,

But writing this

Makes the clock tick.

And as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

— Lewis Carrol: Jabberwocky from “Through the Looking Glass”

By John Tenniel - from English Wikipedia., Public Domain,

By John Tenniel - from English Wikipedia., Public Domain,

My muse just said,

”Go off to bed.

I’ll give you words

To fill your head.”

I said, “Of course

My mind is yours,

But please be kind,

I don’t like sauce.”

Roses are red,

Words have been said.

There's something hiding

Under your bed.

Some crazy poet

May have wrote it

While sipping on

Chandon and Moet... not!

If I slip over on a piece of glass, does that make me a glass slipper?

— John Hansen

The grableyack

May not be back,

It got lost on

The beaten track.

Its tail unravelled

On a road less travelled,

Now it just sits there

Sad and bedraggled.

The cow is of the bovine ilk;

One end is moo, the other, milk.

— Ogden Nash - The Cow

What is Nonsense Verse?


a form of light verse, usually for children, depicting imaginative characters in amusing situations of fantasy, whimsical in tone and with a rhythmic appeal, often employing fanciful phrases and meaningless made-up words. (

The best nonsense verse is appropriate for children of all ages. And ironically, the best nonsense verse often makes perfect sense!

Limericks are probably the best known form of nonsense verse, although they tend nowadays to be used for straightforward humour, rather than having a nonsensical effect.

Among writers in English noted for nonsense verse are Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Dr. Seuss, Ogden Nash, and Spike Milligan. Others not primarily writers of nonsense literature but who sometimes dabbled in it included Rudyard Kipling, Shel Silverstein, Douglas Adams, and even John Lennon.

It appears nonsense verse can even be used to explain Einstein's theory of relativity.

“There was a young lady named Bright
who traveled much faster than light.
She set out one day
in a relative way,
and came back the previous night.”

Arthur Henry Reginald Buller

If I toss rocks into Hudson Bay, does that mean I Rock Hudson?

— John Hansen

© 2019 John Hansen

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