16 DFABW – Laughter and a Slice of Life

16 August 2022 from TwoWritingTeachers.org

Today’s word is laughter. In Dictionary for a Better World, the laughter page has a sweet nonsense poem about a hippopotamus.

The nonsense limerick I wrote today is filled with jabberwocky, and it’s about a chiskly:

There once was a chiskly named Brox
who metted when he snit his regox.
With kepkug and koof
then taptug and toof
He just prates to go to the quox.

I hope you smiled, at least, on this National Tell a Joke Day.

In another slice of my life, we are beginning a do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling, or perhaps I should say a “kitchen opening up”. Fortunately, I have a sister who is helping with the impossible parts that we would never be able to do. We are getting pretty good at dismantling, though:

How we started
How it’s going (that is a new fridge, since ours went out this week)

This monsoon season has been fairly wet in the desert. I’m just sitting on the back porch enjoying hearing the rain hit this metal roof on the carport. I love that sound:

Then I had to move to the front because I was getting too wet…

Now I’ve finally come in the house for a while because it is even getting the porches wet. This is the most rain we’ve had all summer. It is so lovely and refreshing. I hope you are having a good summer day (without flash floods, that is).

During each day in the months of August and September, I am responding to a different word from Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini.  Today’s word is Laughter. A small group of people wanting to make the world a better place are reading and responding together. Join us! Visit Common Threads: Patchwork Prose and Verse by Kim Haynes Johnson for more information. Here is the word list I’ll be following for August and September.

6 thoughts on “16 DFABW – Laughter and a Slice of Life

  1. Loved your jabberwocky poem! And nice job opening up the kitchen. Does your kitchen window look out on the mountain view? We are enjoying some mountain rain today. My toes are cold and I’m wearing a sweatshirt and jeans but don’t dare close the windows, because this is a great respite from the Texas heat! 🙂

    1. It sounds lovely! We ended up with an inch and a half of desert mountain rain. The flash floods and water streams everywhere have made some whole new-looking dirt roads out here.

  2. Denise, I love the Jabberwocky poem. The blending of nonsense words but trying to make sense using context makes me think he forgot to say thank you (regox) and got sent (prated) to his room (quox). That’s the fun – everyone would have a different interpretation.

    Your rain on the roof is relaxing and comforting. I like how you added the video with sound so we could see and hear the where of your desert. A new kitchen – – how exciting! Oh, it’s going to be the best place for having grandchildren around the table!

  3. Thanks, Kim. I like your interpretation. I started out creating with one about my grandson laughing, but then I lost it by the end. It would be an interesting exercise to interpret nonsense poems to make sense.

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