Jay Porter

Rookie - 434 Points (May 21,1997)

The Last Joke - Poem by Jay Porter

Off falls his head, he told bad jokes.
Now he is dead.

It was a day to celebrate, a day to break bread.
The fair king had finally wed!

The Jester was juggling jollily, his words and jokes.
He did not think twice before he spoke.

The juggling jester jeered as he spoke (And I quote)
'Behold my king, with a belly of jelly, a comb for your barren and baldish head! '
The people laughed and joked aplenty, for their tankards of beer were almost empty.

The Jester, juggling jollily his words and jokes.
He did not think twice before he spoke.

The juggling Jester jeered as he spoke (And I quote)
'For you my queen, so ugly and mean! Soap, too make you pretty and clean! '
The people laughed and joked aplenty, for their tankards of beer were almost empty.

As the Jester was sleeping, happy and gay.
The king sent his guards the very same day.
The Jester did not rue that day, for he had sillily spoken his say.
(Though, the Jester would have had it another way)

Topic(s) of this poem: funny, joke

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was trying to write a refrain, but I think it turned out more as a free verse than anything else. As always it is, in some way or another, dedicated to my unnamed moon. She was feeling blue, so I wrote something funny (And slightly true) .

Comments about The Last Joke by Jay Porter

  • Weldon Davis (1/14/2016 3:03:00 PM)


    I like this poem for several reasons..I've always thought that the best comedy always has a bit of truth to it....That being said....Your jester found out the hard way that although people may laugh at obvious truths, they do so to his detriment...After the chuckles die down and the jester has met his end; life goes on, and the people go back to their beers to await the next fool to speak the truth...Well written (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 14, 2016


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