Absence of Laughter

Okay, so I had so much fun exploring the Breccbairdne, Blackout, and Brady’s Touch world of poems in March I decided to carry it over into April. I felt like I didn’t learn enough about these varied writing styles, and I plan to carry on this poetic adventure while the buds start blooming on the trees. I still have many pages left to use from the pages of Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt. It would be a shame to allow them to go to waste. I’m starting to learn important lessons about meter and rhythm. I’m searching every corner of my mind for new inspiration. It almost feels like I’m running an intellectual marathon. Let’s get started. This poem is a Breccbairdne I called The Absence of Laughter.

The Breccbairdne and The Absence of Laughter

This form of poetry is an Irish quatrain. The standard pattern is as follows.

1. Four line stanzas

2. Five syllables in the first line. Followed by six syllables in the next three lines

3. Lines two and four rhyme 4. All end words consonant

The blogger the Twisted Tail turned me onto the rear word generator. I decided to use the rare words i discovered there for inspiration. For this poem I chose the word ‘agelast’ meaning a person who never laughs.

Absence of Laughter

You never chuckle
At my funny stories
You don’t even listen
Your downturned lips hoary

Silent odd heckler
An agelast grumbler
So frumpy and funny
Born to be a mumbler

Distant loud laughter
It must drive you insane
Try to steal the glory
But humor does remain

Freedom and humor
Will not cease to exist
With clowns in the circus
Laughter hard to resist

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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