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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Poetry Friday--Seriously Funny


I like the ambiguity of the title of this anthology: Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else edited by Barbara Hamby and David Kirby [811.6 SER]. If you can't wrap your head around the term "seriously funny," here's a poem that makes the concept perfectly obvious:
Prayer
by Ginger Andrews

God bless the chick in Alaska
who took in my sister’s ex,
an abusive alcoholic hunk.
Bless all borderline brainless ex-cheerleaders
with long blonde hair, boobs,
and waists no bigger around than a coke bottle
who’ve broken up somebody else’s home.
Forgive my thrill
should they put on seventy-five pounds,
develop stretch marks, spider veins,
and suffer through endless days of deep depression.


Bless those who remarry on the rebound.
Bless me and all my sisters,
the ball and chain baggage
we carried into our second marriages.
Bless my broken brother and his live-in.
Grant him SSI. Consider
how the deeper the wounds in my family,
the funnier we’ve become.
Bless those who’ve learned to laugh at what’s longed for.
Keep us from becoming hilarious.
Bless our children.
Bless all our ex’s,
and bless the fat chick in Alaska.
This last Poetry Friday Round-Up for June is taking place at Carol's Corner. Stop by before you head off to the beach!

2 comments:

  1. This poem is celebratory. So often society is cued to make fun of the "borderline brainless ex-cheerleaders," the hot-mess families on reality television. Wonderful that Ginger Clark uses a different kind of humor to honor the ex's, the fat chicks, and the wounds in our families.

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  2. This poem is celebratory. So often society is cued to make fun of the "borderline brainless ex-cheerleaders," the hot-mess families on reality television. Wonderful that Ginger Clark uses a different kind of humor to honor the ex's, the fat chicks, and the wounds in our families.

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