Poking Fun

April’s here, and the fools are out to play. In case you all missed the fun of April Fools yesterday (and I must admit, I wasn’t seeing any great internet trolls occuring yesterday–for shame, internetz), I thought it only good and right today to begin the week and smack our quotes about with a few more comical bits of wisdom…

“Let us be thankful for the fools.  But for them the rest of us could not succeed.” 
~Mark Twain

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” 
~Douglas Adams

“Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?” 
~George Bernard Shaw

Poetic Memes

Not mine, but all of ours in the poetic corner of the blogosphere, in its way.

“I’m a drinker with writing problems.” ~Brendan Behan

Yes, that’s right, you’ve seen these memes stalking facebook for days. Now you have one too, poets. You didn’t think the internet would forget about you did you?

Let’s be honest: the cat’s has a point. You’re not seeing too much of the poet locking himself away in the woods for months on end to tap into the secrets of nature these days. And given how many poems these days flare up on the societal or political topic, I’ve no doubt more than a few began with that glittering box we call the TV.

Aren’t the changing times fun?

Although also acceptable would have been said cat with  lounging in the grass of a backyard, staring at the skyline. Beer still mandatory, of course.

The Humor of Life

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.”
~Hugh Sidey

Remember this, dear fellows: if you don’t have a sense of humor, you’ll never get out of life alive. Humor is divine in its way–an outlet, a defense mechanism, an escape. It holds at bay the devil of reality as sure as any intricate dose of reading, any flashing sea of lights we call the big screen. It softens our interactions toward others, steels our own resolves.

Writer or no, it’s something we should embrace. The soul yearns for what little lights it can get. Jokes go a long way. Do you think half of the writers of the world would have such endurance in the face of rejection without the ability to laugh? Don’t let the world get to you. Let it in, but then let it back out–with a laugh, and a smile.

Because if there’s one thing to remember about life: we’re all just passing through.

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”
~Henry Ward Beecher