A Funny Poem…

My esteemed readers are by now,familiar with my obsession with fun and humour. Alas,I can change my jeans,but not my genes ! The reason why I never wear jeans,is another story by itself. 
Today,I intend to share with you,a funny poem I heard and  read recently.
Often,misunderstandings crop up in our daily lives,either,much to our consternation or to our amusement.
Well,this poem is really a bit of both.Just wait till you have read the poem.
The actual title of the poem is : Facts of Life.
Here it is :
Facts of Life
The father smiled to see his child
Come running to his side.
“Please tell me, Daddy, what is meant
By that word ‘sex'”, she cried.
He looked aghast at this sweet girl –
She was but eight years old;
Too young, he thought and innocent
To break this childhood mould.

She should be playing with her dolls
Or other toys she had
Instead of asking questions such
As this one of her Dad.
With openness and honesty
An inborn family trait,
This Dad explained the facts of life
Quite candidly and straight.

His discourse finished, thankfully,
He kissed her on the cheek;
No word she’d uttered all the while,
But now began to speak:
“I didn’t think my question was
A matter so complex,
For Mum just said to tell you lunch
Is ready in two secs.”

I hope you loved the poem and the punch in the last line.If you smiled and laughed out loudly,then my purpose is served. 
Well,now I am about to reveal the suspense about the poet or poetess who has composed this funny poem .  
The poem has been composed by a famous Australian poetess named Vivienne Ledlie.
Vivienne lives in the Redlands Shire, Queensland, and is a long-time member of the Redlands Poets Society.While bush poetry is her first love, she also enjoys the challenge of writing different poetry formats, e.g. sonnets, haiku, ovillejo etc. She recently completed an HTML web page building course and now has her own web site at Rustacrystwhich features some of her poetry and photography.You can do a Google search to know more about this “Pride Of Australia” poetess.
Vivienne has self-published two booklets of poetry, proceeds from which have been donated to Operation Smile Australia, an organisation dedicated to helping children from underdeveloped countries born with severe yet rectifiable craniofacial deformities.
To contact Viv, you can email her at
Now what the hell is ” Bush Poetry ” ? Certainly,it has nothing to do with George Bush!  
Here is a link to the subject :
So,do make an attempt to enter into the bush and see what awaits you there.Happy Bushing !
Before I rush off to the bush,here is another new form of poetry,which I have yet to come across. It is called :” ovillejo “. Sounds like the name of a delightful variety of ice cream or “gelato” ( Italian form of ice cream ),no ?
Well here is the detail :The “ovillejo,” as I understand, is an old Spanish verse form that means “tight little bundle.” “-ejo” is a diminutive, and “ovillo” means “tangled ball of yarn.” I’ve seen only a few of them, but it was love at first sight, because of the fun involved. Here’s a home-made sample that will show why it’s called what it’s called, and illustrate the way the lines are related to each other. The last line is a “redondilla,” a “little round” that collects all three of the short lines. The rhyme scheme is established, but the meter is at the poet’s discretion, although in Spanish the longer lines tend to be octosyllabic. Here goes:


Evidence says I lie
But I–
Though all the world concur–
One voice, and one alone:
My own.
The experts cluck and groan,
“No, no! It’s round, not flat!”
Their data second that.
But I prefer my own.

Our well known friends on MUSE INDIA, who have by now mastered the art of “Tapestry”,can now try their hand at this quaint and interesting form of spinning a tangled ball of yarn !  

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12 Responses to A Funny Poem…

  1. rajesh malhotra says:

    Dear J S Broca, it was a real pleasure reading your post this Sunday morning while sipping a hot cup of coffee on a cold cold morning. Your wit n sense of humour is fascinating and infectious. Keep writing…Kudos !

    Rajesh Malhotra, Chandigarh
    Dec 19, 2010

  2. radha lahiri says:

    Respected Sir,your funny poem really had me in splits ! Just a wonderful way to start my day with this dose of down-to-earth sense of humour to make me smile.God Bless You and thanks !!

    Radha Lahiri , Sahibabad
    Dec 19, 2010

  3. manmeet chaddha says:

    Dear Broca ji, I just laughed, laughed and laughed at the witty repartee between the daughter and the dad.Nicely presented.Such lively posts add years to our life ! Let us have some more from your treasury !

    Manmeet Chaddha
    Dec 19,2010

  4. jyoti s. says:

    Dear Broca ji, I just laughed, laughed and laughed at the witty repartee between the daughter and the dad.Nicely presented.Such lively posts add years to our life ! Let us have some more from your treasury !

    Jyoti Sabharwal

  5. J S Broca says:

    My Dear Students- Radha and Rajesh,thanks for your rewarding feedback and comments on my posting.When the Gen Next like you understands and appreciates what we oldies post, it is an indication that we are on the same wave length.I understand that Jyoti and Manmeet of our class had also submitted their favourable comments on my poem etc but they are still to be displayed on YS of MI.I shall wait to see them in print and then thank them too.GBU all.


  6. Hello, I used to be researching the internet & I discovered your web site. Keep up the superb work.

  7. safiyyah,UK says:

    Uncle-ji your students are right when they say you’ve made their day with this piece of pure humour. I totally enjoyed it too. Your dose of humour is like a dose of multivitamins to people like me who have only clouds and white outside to contend with in these snowy English days. Thanks for enlightening us with this field of poetry. Regards.

    safiyyah, uk
    Dec 21, 2010

  8. J S Broca says:

    Dear Saffiyah, many thanks for your lovely response from the snowy areas of UK.GBU always.

    j s broca
    new delhi

  9. J S Broca says:

    Dear Jyoti ji, thanks a lot for taking all the trouble of posting your valuable comments again.I am delighted ! GBU always.Wish you ALL THE BEST for your forthcoming exams.

    New Delhi

  10. manmeet chaddha says:

    Respected Sir, I have been checking up off n on to see my response on your poem but sadly, I don’t know why it has still not shown up.Therefore, I am sending my comment once again with the prayer that there will be no more computer glitch this time :”Dear Broca Sir,I really enjoyed your hilarious presentation on misunderstanding the word “sex”..It happens ! Keep regaling us with your funny posts to keep us in good humour !” Wish you a MERRY X-MAS in advance.

    Manmeet Chaddha

  11. J S Broca says:

    Dear Manmeet ji,many many thanks for your lively response on my funny poem.Keep smiling and spread the smiles for miles and miles (or should it be kilometers–to hell with rhyming?).GBU.Have a nice weekend …!

    j s broca
    23rd dec 2010

  12. magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

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