Friday, 4 January 2013


Telling jokes about people is a cruel pastime in which too many of us are inclined to indulge. Humour is wonderful, and some jokes can be very funny...until they get personal and take on shades of malice.

We all know how cruel children can be towards peers somehow marked out as ‘different’ from others… whether by a disability or whatever. At least children rarely appreciate the gravity of their actions. We adults, on the other hand, have no excuse.

Let's be kind to each other, yeah?


You dropped the joke into a humming pool,
let ripples spread
from merry chuckle
to sly whisper

I watched the whisper take its course
from eye to eye
until someone

Like a freak wave, that laughter came
tumbling upon the whisper,
dashing it to pieces,
scattering me


[From: Love And Human Remains by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2001]

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