You Are Not Funny
In my younger years, I was one of the most serious persons to be found. I remember a scene in my freshman year in high school when I was 14. The teacher decided that she wanted everyone in the class to say something funny. I didn't mean to be odd or disrespectful when it came my turn to render a joke, but my reply to the teacher was, "I don't joke". My fellow classmates, some of whom knew me far better than she, surely thought that I had lost my mind or that this wasn't the place or time to prove that I was a 'religious nut'. But the teacher, not really knowing anything about me, took offense. When she realized where I was coming from, she moved on. It's a scene I will never forget about a time that I was far too serious to coexist with the human race.
It took years for me to realize the beauty of humor and laughter and began to incorporate it in my everyday life and career. Just when I had made an amazing discovery; just when I discovered how boring I was and began to make amends, my wife began to say to me, "You are not funny". I even discovered that the Bible says that even God laughs, and that laughter works good like a medicine. Yes, I love good clean comedy and shy away from the bad dirty comedy. I suspect my English teacher is long deceased, but if I ever saw her again, I would apologize and say something funny to make her laugh until she is convinced that I have reformed and corrected the error of my ways. I tell you, I laugh far more than I use to but not near as much as I should.
I think that at some point, my wife took note of the fact that I might have been trying too hard to be funny. I don't know; perhaps I was trying to make up for lost time during those much too serious years. On several occasions, my observing wife has said to me, " You have a serious type of personality, and some of your humor is out of sync with your character". Bottom line is that she tells me that I am not funny, but it is too late to stop me now. I do not listen to her in this regard about my humor attempts. I keep trying.
090120PSCtest, Living It Up With Laughter, Chantelle Anne Cooke. 2P
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