Laughter and Word Play

April 23, 2019


There once was a fellow named Willy
Some people thought him quite silly
He put down a nickel
To buy a dill pickle
Slurp!  It slid down to his belly.

Who cares if it doesn’t make sense? Word play has no rules!

Laura Elizabeth Richards wrote this silly wonderful rhyme years ago:

Once there was an elephant
Who tried to use a telephant
No, no I mean an elephone
Who tried to use a telephone…

Be silly (like Willy). You don’t have to slurp a pickle.

Try a limerick. Write one with a friend, laugh a little, giggle, piggle.

Choose two words: for starters, try moon and spoon.

Make a list of real and nonsense words that rhyme:  doom, gloom, room, boom, ploon, groom, stoom, ploom,

Up in the sky is a round moon
Who tried to eat with pearly white stoom
No, no  I mean a silver bright ploon
Who tried to eat with a delicate spoon
Dear me I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.

The only rule is—have fun!  Poetry often makes us laugh!

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...