I rarely laugh out loud.
It is almost unknown for me to laugh out loud when I’m on my own.
I tend to meet humour with an inward chuckle or a wry smile. A belly laugh is about as rare as a smile on Putin’s face.
I had a great laugh yesterday. As usual [for me] it wasn’t something that was intended to be funny but was so far off the wall that it was hilarious. I refer of course to Bono’s “poem”.
I don’t know whether you have come across this masterful piece of penmanship but in case you haven’t –
Oh saint Patrick he drove out the snakes
With his prayers but that’s not all it takes
For the snake symbolises
An evil that rises
And hides in your heart
As it breaks
And the evil that has risen my friends
From the darkness that lives in some men
But in sorrow and fear
That’s when saints can appear
To drive out those old snakes once again
And they struggle for us to be free
From the psycho in our human family
Ireland’s sorrow and pain
Is now the Ukraine
And saint Patrick’s name now Zelenskyy
The full story behind this masterful example of doggerel can be found over at the Daily Mail, complete with hilarious comments. Well worth a read.
For some reason it brought to mind a piece I once saw written on the wall of a gent’s toilet in the basement of a city centre Dublin pub –
Trees are made by fools like God
but only me can make a poem
There once was a fool called Bono,
Could he write poetry? Oh, no!
Pretentious and thick,
Yellow specs like a tit,
And now we all laugh at his almost complete lack of self-awareness and contrived doggerel
Send that to Nancy Pelosi at once!
The Great McGonagall, aka William Topaz McGonagall, would have have been seething with jealousy.
Even Bill Kerr’s gem in Hancocks The Poetry Society does not approach this demonstration of geniusness. Geniusosity?
We are unworthy.
I confess to a surprising ignorance [which rarely happens] that I hadn’t come across the Great McGonagall. Indeed Bono might achieve some fame after all?
A fellow countryman of yours, to be sure. Although he foolishly came to Scotland. But Ireland is not overly eager to claim him.
Search for The Famous Tay Whale. But the Tay Bridge Disaster will bring a tear to your eye.
Ah, William McGonagall! I once conducted a funeral where the deceased was said by his son to have written sub-MacGonagallian doggerel.
At the reception afterwards, I asked the son if McGonagall was really that bad. The following week, a package arrived from the bookshop of the English public school where the son was an English teacher, it was the Collected Works of William McGonagall. He is so bad that he has remained in print.
The land that we know as Ukraine
Was invaded by Russia again,
Not once, but again and again and again
And again and again and again.
I thougth Bono’s art was bad till I saw his poetry.
just opened your web site as I have been doing regularly for a while now and Adguard popped up a warning about headrambles.com having been reported as a phishing site. Seems unlikely to me.
Agree with Doonhammer about the comparison with MacGonagall, the greatest bad poet in the English language. Try the Tay Bridge Disaster as an introduction
Ouch! Welcome Tom and thanks for the report. I checked the site to see its status [https://checkphish.ai/insights/url/1647777216179/2d46758958f965c4ff22d0df182573073da79e5a782619618da1ca70ce889407?back=null] and it came up clean. It looks like a false positive. I would be very surprised as the site is protected under many levels of security and is scanned on a daily basis for any malware,
When I first heard of McGonagll above, I did a search [naturally] and the Tay Bridge Disaster is regularly quoted as possibly his greatest masterpiece. Brilliant!
Here is the visual record of Patrick driving out the snakes.