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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

Introduction

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 - http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/resources/analysis/poem-origins/jabberwocky/Copied from English Wikipedia., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20137

By John Tenniel - http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/resources/analysis/poem-origins/jabberwocky/Copied from English Wikipedia., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20137

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?

noun

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. (Dictionary.com)

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

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 13, 2020:

Hey Peggy, good to see you visiting and com,

Meeting on this bit of fun and frivolity. You are so right, we need as much to laugh at as we can find in present times. Thank you for reading.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 13, 2020:

Haha! Perfect timing to be reading this. We can all use a bit of nonsense to make us laugh and smile. Thanks!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2019:

Thank you for revisiting this for another laugh, MizB, and for looking up that quote and finding it was from the Jimmy Buffet song. He is one of my favourite artists, as are the others you mention.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 03, 2019:

I needed a good laugh today, so I had to come back and reread this. Just looked it up, the quote in my first comment "if we couldn't laugh, we'd all go insane" was from the Jimmy Buffett song "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." Glad I checked it out because I was thinking it was Ray Stevens, but both are masters at humor, along with Shel Silverstein.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 02, 2019:

Thanks, Lawrence,

Maybe there is really no such thing as nonsense.

Glad you enjoyed this.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on October 02, 2019:

John

As you said, even the nonesense verses often have meaning.

Very enjoyable.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 09, 2019:

Haha Eric O’Dierker, I love a good Irish jig. I am sure you can do it well too. Glad this got you and Gabe I to discussion.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 09, 2019:

John as you know my name is Eric Nonsense Dierker but this fine work got me and the boy to discuss it. Of course I am doing a nonsensical Irish jig in a second.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 09, 2019:

Hi, Ann..thank you, thank you. If my writing cheers someone up and makes them laugh, I have succeeded. Glad you like the dragon too.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 09, 2019:

This is superb! You've made up some great nonsense rhymes here. Made me laugh and cheered me up no end so thank you, John.

And I love your dragon!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 08, 2019:

Oh, Rinita, sorry things haven't been going well. I am glad this cheered you up for at least a moment. Thanks for reading.

Rinita Sen on September 08, 2019:

I was having a rough week. Thank you for this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 02, 2019:

Thank you Genna, glad you like the polka dot line lol. Your comments are always so generous and much appreciated...as they say, "laughter is the best medicine."

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 02, 2019:

When I read your title, I thought, "how cool!"

"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."

Absolutely.

One of my favorites:

"If I cannot

I’ll fire a shot

Into a pile

Of polka dots...."

I just loved this! Thank you, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 29, 2019:

Yes Devika, so true. thanks.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 29, 2019:

A bit of laughter does make us feel relaxed and writing should be that way too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 28, 2019:

Thank you Nithya. If it made you smile it is worth it.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 28, 2019:

I enjoyed reading your verses, made me smile.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 27, 2019:

Thank you, Mary. Glad it inspires you to be less serious in your writing. I appreciate the comment on the drawing too.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 27, 2019:

I truly enjoyed reading this. It inspires me not to take myself so seriously especially in writing. It is much more fun. I now watch comedies regularly. We do need humour in life. By the way, the drawing is excellent.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Thank you MizB.not sure who that quote belongs to but it is very true. I am not sure we’re the dragon in the drawing originated either I drew it a few years ago in just end pencil. I only coloured it to use with this article. I am sure your son was very talented.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on August 26, 2019:

John, loved your trip down Nonsense Lane. Who was it that said (or sang), "if we couldn't laugh, we'd all go insane"? You are really quite good.

Your whimsical dragon drawing is quite cute. It reminds me a lot of the art by my late son. He was a good fantasy artist, too. I love dragons. I was trying to determine if this was Rann the dragon leader or one of the misfits. LOL

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Hi Linda, be careful chuckling while you are cooking we don’t need accidents :) thank you for reading and mentioning my name in conjunction with those great writers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Hi Wavecritter, nice to make your acquaintance. Thank you for reading and I am glad this provided a lift.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Thank you Liz, a comment like that means a lot.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Brother Sean, I knew you would like the dragon :) I love that quote “Humour is the sword of Light!” A little dose of craziness of the right kind is dearly needed in our lives. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Hello Betty, good to see a new face. Thank you for reading and for the kind comment. I remember the Dr Seuss book “Are You My Mother” very well. He delighted my growing up and is a big inspiration as a writer. Have a great week.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Sometimes we need to take our mind off the world situation, Ruby, and concentrate on things that make us happy. Unlike you, we need rain so badly..we hardly have a blade of grass left that isn’t brown and dry. Your garden sounds delightful. I am glad my poetry brings a smile.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Hello, Venkat. I will do my best to write more humorous and nonsensical poems and articles. If I can make others laugh or even smile I am happy.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 26, 2019:

John, it's not nonsense if it makes someone smile, and you gave me several chuckles in this. You're a little bit Carroll, a little bit Cummings and a touch of Silverstein.

Wavecritter from Cocoa Beach, Florida on August 26, 2019:

Leave reality and head for the land of nonsense, priceless ... Thank you for the lift.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 26, 2019:

This is a lovely light-hearted and skilfully interwoven piece of writing.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on August 26, 2019:

There are so many times that life makes non-sense, just to remind us that humour, jokes and laughter are such vital as oxygen! That we aren't going to survive unless we get a little crazy! Thank you, my brother, John for your lovely-silly nonsenses that help us to awake the child within. Thank you for the new colours, and of course, I saved in my pc your dragon! As a dragon myself (Sean Dragon) I salute you! Gratitude!

Humour is my sword of Light!

Sean

Betty A F from Florida on August 26, 2019:

Nice article John,

You do draw quite well! I enjoyed reading through the "nonsense verse."

When my kids were young, I was always amazed at how books by Dr. Seuss would completely capture their attention.

I had my own favorite Dr. Seuss book from my own childhood, it was called, "Are You My Mother." It's about a little bird hatching from an egg whose mother flies away to find food before the egg is completely hatched. The bird falls out of the nest and goes around asking all sorts of different objects and creatures, "are you my mother." Finally the mother comes back and the little bird knows who its mother is.

I went out of my way to find that very book to read to my kids.

It's amazing how these kinds of things stay with us.

I completely agree with you, it's good to occasionally let our hair down and remember the joys and freedoms involved with being a kid. :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 26, 2019:

John, your nonsense poetry made me smile. With the world situation, we need to smile BIG TIME.. It is hot and raining here in Illinois. My walnut tree limbs are laying on the ground, it's so heavy. My pecan tree is full of squirrels. I enjoy watching them, but not as much as your poetry....

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on August 26, 2019:

Wonderful, John. You made me laugh throughout it. This nonsensical humor is very much good for health. So keep on bringing it often.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Thank you Diana. Have a great day.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on August 26, 2019:

I love it. Perky and true entertainment.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on August 26, 2019:

Hi John,

Little good news this morning it seems...the G7, markets in turmoil, Amazon burning, tensions rising in Hong Kong...

Your lovely hub was a welcome read :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Hi Adnan. Thank you for such a generous and encouraging comment. I am glad you found a message in this and enjoyed the humour.

Adnan from Earth, Universe on August 26, 2019:

It was so enjoyable and all of it did make sense even though you may call it nonsense...as if trying to convey that sometimes living life with fun and humour is all that's needed...sometimes things don't need a purpose...It was really great...especially "Rock the Hudson" part...that gave me a broad smile...and the drawing is so good...Thanks for sharing John !

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

I am so glad that you enjoyed this, Kaili, and that it lightened the effect of the unsavory news headlines. What was the bad news pray tell?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Sense of humour is a funny thing, Pamela, because what can be funny to one may not be so for another. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this,.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on August 26, 2019:

Love this John, just what I needed after the headlines this morning. Love your dragon too!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 26, 2019:

I guess I like nonsense as I smiled throughout the time I was reading this article. The poetry was light and fun, so enjoyable.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Can't knock something that creates a smile I guess, Bill. Have a good one.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2019:

Nothing wrong with some nonsense,my friend. You brought a smile to my face, which means what you wrote has value, and I thank you for it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Thank you Mr Happy. I appreciate your comment and hope you have a good day too..week even.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 26, 2019:

That was cool! I think I'm alright with that because as You explained it is "usually for children". That's my understanding of poetry: at the children's level of understanding lol

Alrighty, You have yourself a good one - cheers!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Brother Elijah, thank you for the fine comment. You make a good point ..why is this called "nonsense" when it makes more sense than a lot of intellectual drivel lol? I am the same in that when I go back and reread things I wrote years ago I notice so many words or phrases that could be improved or stated more clearly.

Many of my early hubs were written long before computers on a manual typewriter and had never been read by another human. I dug them out of my files and resurrected them to publish online.

Being Australian, I often write things and then reread it two or three times until I am convinced my international audience will understand it (slang, spelling differences etc.)

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on August 26, 2019:

Vladimir, that is especially true of the United States of America's (D)esident, whatever that means.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

You and Gabe just have too much fun, Eric. Fishing without a hook is the best...no snags or changing bait needed. Same with surfing with no waves...easier to stay on the board. I am glad you enjoyed this and hope Gabe does too.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on August 26, 2019:

Thanks for the lesson in "nonsense", Bro. John (beloved), but I can't understand why it's call that. Do you have a poem to bring that information forward? LOL

Like you said, nonsense makes more sense, in a certain way, than most intellectual dialogs. Take what I post, for instance, it makes sense to me but to so many reading it it doesn't. After I've posted it and left it for a while then go back and read it I see tons of words that didn't help in bringing understanding or words left out doing the same.

The year before I got to New York City to begin my 2.5 years of transitioning to NatureBoy I began writing my understanding of life. There were no "Autocorrecting, Instant Erasing" computers in 1981-84, just the manual typewriters. So when I got to NYC and reread it I didn't even know what I had attempted to say. That is why I began writing in poetry, it takes more brain power to make things rhyme and convey something that the mind often autocorrects itself. Funny how that works.

Again, thanks for the lesson, humorous and informing.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 26, 2019:

John it is going to be a beautiful day, much to do with you and this. I was trying to think of my last day without screwing around like a child for a bit.

My boy and I took our surfboard and boogie board to the bay. There are no waves there. People were gathering around laughing at us. Next time fishing poles too although I do not use a hook anymore. But casting is fun.

Gabe is going to love this tonight.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Thank you so much, Lorna. glad this gave you a laugh and some feel-good moments. That was my aim.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

Val, it's good to hear that this gave you a good laugh. You are so right that there is very little sense being shown in the world today, so what we call nonsense may be debatable.

Lorna Lamon on August 26, 2019:

A real breath of fresh air and a laugh in every line. Doesn't get any better John, just what we needed.

Val Karas from Canada on August 26, 2019:

John -- I laughed...and then I laughed some more! And I don't even know why people would call it a "nonsense" poetry -- as if all those serious heads around the world are really making some "sense". Just see the News on any given day, lol.