July 12, 2010
Enjoy the pleasure of quirky, clever and silly writing and create some of your own silly stories or poems.
The other day I received an email from a man who found an error on the website. Apparently I didn’t run the page through the spell-checker as I usually do or the word would have been flagged as wrong. Of course, sometimes even when the checker thinks something is right, it’s wrong, as in there and their.
This reminded me of a poem I received several years ago and that gave me the idea of having a couple Summer Take-a-Breaks on silly and quirky topics. So I will begin with this one:
Ode to the Spell Checker!
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Next is a poem by my daughter, who wrote the “po’m” a number of years ago by using random words (I think they were from a Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle, which she works in ink!) just for the sheer fun of it. After you read it, see the instructions below for your own random act of silly writing.
The Druids came in rebel form
Their armes an ocher hue
But fast they found the ancient land
Had lost its joyous tune
So cautiously they left behind
That dreadful land of yore
With nosy spaniels soon they fled
The bogies of before
At soonest date they set their sails
To see what they might find
With hardy looks and rapier wit
And mouthwash on their minds
For weeks on Isar down they went
With teems of shes and hims
Then Uncle Roger blew his horn
With very grateful limbs
A bright new land with much to offer
Was all that they could see
Anon they anointed the shiny world
With lager and barrels of tea
A soothful crone met them on board
Her hood a lovely puce
To welcome in the newcome folks
And set them out footloose
“Seek the land,” she asserted loud
But do not legislate.
For if you do you’ll only find
Great pain and much heartache.”
So cautiously they went ashore
Through lanes the natives set
Seeking lucre from the land
To pay their foreign debts
But more than wealth, they quickly found
A life of greater giving
Free of hate, and death, and war
No tsar to roast their living
They lived in tipis in the wild
And kissed their lovely wives
And cried in glee and merriment
While playing CDs of Burl Ives
QED (the end)
By Rebecca Harder
For today’s take-a-break, tell those brain cells that are determined to take life more seriously than necessary that it’s time they made room for some creative play by making up a story, of any length, using totally unrelated words.
You can begin with a crossword puzzle (if you have one available) and see what kind of a story you could spin with the words. Of course, it doesn’t have to be in the form of a poem and you don’t even have to work the puzzle. It’s not cheating if you use the answers from the previous puzzle.
Of course, an alternative approach would be to open any newspaper, book, or magazine and, with your eyes closed, use a pencil to point to a word. Write that word down and repeat the process until you have at least ten words. The more the merrier. And a telephone directory could create a further variation. You could create a story with whatever names, addresses, and phone numbers your blinded pencil happens to choose.
If you need a little encouragement to step back from the difficulties of today and take this Take-a-Break, just go to the nearest mirror and, with a very serious face, say, “I will return to worries and solving the great problems of life just as soon as I get this nonsense out of the way.” And you will return, of course, because it’s hard to be silly all the time. But it’s also not a good idea to be serious all the time.
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