A Funny Poem

A Funny Poem
 
My late father was a master story teller. During family gatherings like marriages etc., he was literally besieged by children and relatives to keep them entertained. I  now vaguely remember him once narrating a story about  two boys. It was full of some hilarious situations which one just could not imagine. It was originally in Punjabi and I only remember parts of it. However, based on my recollection, I am posting the story here below as a poem,using my poetic license here and there:
 
One fine day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew out their swords and shot each other
The deaf heard the noise and ran to save the two dead boys
If you don’t believe this lie is true,
Go ask the blind man, he saw it too !!
 
Hope you had a hearty laugh !
 
I am sure there must be similar versions in other languages too. 

  
       

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5 Responses to A Funny Poem

  1. safiyyah says:

    I certainly did have a hearty laugh. Thanks for sharing, sir. Warm regards.

    Safiyyah, UK
    Aug 22, 2010

  2. Readers from Muse says:

    Enjoyed, Jitoo Saheb.Cheers.

    TSChandra Mouli, Hyderabad
    Aug 23, 2010

    Good one Sir! With regards,

    Shigufta Hena Uzma, Roorkee
    Aug 23, 2010

    Thanks for the laugh Jitoo. It’s just great, with so much more behind the humor.

    Shernaz, Pune
    Aug 23, 2010

    I don’t remember a similar enjoyable joke right now, but there is a saying in Tamil (1) “Just blowing conch in a deaf man’s ears.”–meaning there is no use advising an obstinate man even if he can hear. (2) There is another saying, “Paid quarter of a rupee to cry and later paid three fourth rupee to stop it.”—meaning, in villages, rich land lords engaged in those days professional women mourners for quarter of a rupee, when someone was dead in their houses. These mourners beat their chests and sang melancholy folk songs aloud for an hour for their neighbours to hear. To extract more money, these women used to sing continuously for more than an hour, when the land lords were forced to pay three fourth of a rupee to stop their cries. (3) Blind leading the blind is another saying. These ideas struck me, when I read in your poems about the dead, blind and deaf men. You are like a DOA–Director of Jokes and let us have more and more jokes like this for us to laugh, for laughter is the best medicine. Is it not?

    Rajaram Ramachandran, Juhu, Mumbai
    Aug 23, 2010

  3. J S Broca says:

    Dear Safiyyah,Rajaram ji,Shernaz,Shigufta ji,Chandra Mouli ji–thanks to you all for your responses to the posting.

    I seem to have inherited the humour gene from my father and grandfather perhaps. I love humour and quotes on the subject. Here are some of my favourite ones besides the usual one about laughter being the best medicine :

    1.A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs.It is jolted by every pebble on the road !

    2.The kind of humour I like is the one which makes me laugh for 5 seconds and think for 10 minutes !

    3.Humour is a rubber sword.It allows you to make a point withour drawing blood !

    4.Humour helps us to think out of the box.The average child laughs about 400 times a day.The average adult laughs only 15 times a day.What happened to the other 385 laughs ? !!

    5.If I had no sense of humour, I would have committed suicide long ago. ( Mahtama Gandhi ji )

    So please give humour a chance to survive in this stressful world. Keep smiling..as I always say !

    J S BROCA
    NEW DELHI 23rd Aug 2010

  4. kalyani kapur says:

    Had a good laugh, but I am sure it would sound better in Punjabi.

    Kalyani Kapur, Gurgaon
    Aug 23, 2010

  5. pooja says:

    Humour keeps rolling in your writing all the time. This was great one. One can think of it again and again and have a hearty laugh. Regards.

    Dr Pooja G Bhuyar, Bijapur
    8/24/2010

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