How to Join Member's Area Private Library Search Today's Topics p Login
Main Forums Discussion Tech Talk Mature Content Archives
   Nav Win
 Archives
 Open Poetry #43 Archive
 Arthritis
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Follow us on Facebook

 This is an Archive. You may post a reply, but new topics are not allowed.

 
User Options
Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Create a Greeting Card with this Poem
Admin Print Send ECard
Passions in Poetry

Arthritis

 Post A Reply   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
LindsayP
Member Elite
since 07-28-2007
Posts 3420
Australia, Victoria


0 posted 07-19-2008 12:08 AM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


     Laughter is The Best Medicine

In the days when I was young I had a very good friend
A very wise old chap by the name of Pederson
He certainly had a great outlook on life
Stating that laughter was the very best medicine.

Now as the years have slowly slipped away
I have found that advice to be so very true
For if you can write or tell a funny joke
Like the one below well that’s what I try to do.

He smelled strongly of alcohol when he sat down on the seat
On a wooden park bench next to the City’s head Priest,
His face half covered with lipstick and stains on his tie,
You could see his dignity & self-respect had long ago ceased.

A half empty gin bottle stuck out of his coat pocket
And his threadbare old clothing was quite shabby indeed,
Oblivious to his surroundings as he turned over the page
Of the local news- paper and then started slowly to read.

Then after a few moments of very deep concentration,
He turned to the good Father and made this request,
He said,“Father can you tell me, what causes severe arthritis,
I think I might know, but I thought to ask you was best.”

“I most certainly can,” said the Priest, answering the question,
It’s caused by too much loose living, his face set dead-pan
“Also going out with cheap women and having too much to drink,
And worst of all, the loss of respect from your own fellow man.”

“Well I’ll be damned,”said the drunk, as he returned to his paper,
But the Priest’s conscience pricked him for his uncharitable reply,
Apologizing to the drunk,he said,“How long have you had arthritis,
That it is a most terrible disease, I’m sure no one will deny?

The drunk sat back on the seat and looked at the Priest,
“Oh it’s not me that’s got arthritis,” he quite solemnly said,
“But I just read the headlines in this local news-paper,
Where it states the Pope has arthritis and is laid up in bed.

                                                                                                                           Lindsay P Wilson
                                                                              

© Copyright 2008 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Prasad Nataraj
Senior Member
since 05-29-2008
Posts 1119
Bangalore,India


1 posted 07-19-2008 04:59 AM       View Profile for Prasad Nataraj   Email Prasad Nataraj   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Prasad Nataraj's Home Page   View IP for Prasad Nataraj

Hi Lindsay, the climax of this poem is bone tickler. Enjoyed reading this poem. Prasad
Margherita
Member Seraphic
since 02-08-2003
Posts 21103
Eternity


2 posted 07-19-2008 07:09 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Oh, Lindsay, this was a fun read and shows how being prejudiced can cause some trouble ...

Our poor Pope! I have seen him caressing a snake shown to him when in Sydney ...

Love,
Margherita
HopeS
Member Elite
since 12-22-2000
Posts 4613
Perth Western Australia


3 posted 07-19-2008 07:12 AM       View Profile for HopeS   Email HopeS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HopeS's Home Page   View IP for HopeS

Yes Lindsey , I am having a good laugh at the drunk guys reply


Hope
Earth Angel
Member Empyrean
since 08-27-2002
Posts 40647
Realms of Light


4 posted 07-19-2008 12:53 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Oh! Oh! Oh! Hee! Hee! Hee! This Catholic could not help but crack up over this one! Oh me, oh me, oh my!

Laughter cures what ails ya! lol

I'd have loved to seen the expression on that priest's face! ~ but I bet it would have soon been replaced with a good laugh.

Another good one, my dear Aussie Man!

Love and Laughs ~ and a great big hug,

Linda

Honeybunch
Member Ascendant
since 12-29-2001
Posts 6868
South Africa


5 posted 07-19-2008 12:59 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

  Thank you for that, Lindsay!  I needed a laugh!

Helen
Marchmadness
Member Rara Avis
since 09-16-2007
Posts 8010
So. El Monte, California


6 posted 07-19-2008 07:17 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Hi Lindsay, I have had a nasty summer cold and plumbing problems this past week and was sorely in need of a good laugh. Thank you for this poem.
                                Ida
Robert E. Jordan
Member Rara Avis
since 01-25-2008
Posts 8544
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


7 posted 07-19-2008 08:23 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Yo LindsayP,

Oh well, you know how it is.  We gotta do what we gotta do.

Bobby
LindsayP
Member Elite
since 07-28-2007
Posts 3420
Australia, Victoria


8 posted 07-19-2008 09:30 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


To my very good friends, Prasad, Hope, Margherita, Linda, Helen, Ida and Bobby,
'Laughter is the Best Medicine' was the

topic for our regular monthly meet here at our place so I thought I had better write

something funny. I'm so glad that all you
great poets had a laugh, for laughter is

the best medicine. A very sincere thanks to you all.

Lindsay
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
Member Ascendant
since 01-29-2000
Posts 5694
Sydney, Australia


9 posted 07-20-2008 07:16 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

Lindsay... I'm laughing too!  wonderful write my friend.. xxx  love RDB xxx

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

LindsayP
Member Elite
since 07-28-2007
Posts 3420
Australia, Victoria


10 posted 07-20-2008 09:05 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Hi Roniece, it's great to see you in the response section again, I thought that I

must be out of favour. I have had trouble with my computer and lost your email address

and phone number, much to my disappointment.
I'm so glad that I gave you a good laugh.
Have a great day my friend. Love

Lindsay
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
Member Ascendant
since 01-29-2000
Posts 5694
Sydney, Australia


11 posted 07-20-2008 10:17 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

oh no Lindsay!! you are definitely not out of my favour - you could quite simply never be!!   I will write you an email to catch up ...
love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Alison
Deputy Moderator 5 ToursDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Rara Avis
since 01-27-2008
Posts 9055
Lumpy oatmeal makes me crazy!


12 posted 07-21-2008 03:05 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Linday,

Dear friend, you did it here.  I am laughing.

xoxoxo
Alison
Artic Wind
Member Rara Avis
since 09-16-2007
Posts 8075
Realm of Supernatural


13 posted 07-21-2008 09:36 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

LOL I love laughing!



ARCTIC WIND
Earl Brinkman
Senior Member
since 03-03-2010
Posts 1185
Osaka, Japan


14 posted 11-02-2010 09:52 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

This got a grin out of me.  Nice twist at the end.
 
 Post A Reply   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
All times are ET (US) Top
  User Options
>> Archives >> Open Poetry #43 >> Arthritis Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Create a Greeting Card with this Poem
Print Send ECard

 

pipTalk Home Page | Main Poetry Forums

How to Join | Member's Area / Help | Private Library | Search | Contact Us | Today's Topics | Login
Discussion | Tech Talk | Archives | Sanctuary



© Passions in Poetry and netpoets.com 1998-2013
All Poetry and Prose is copyrighted by the individual authors