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Dirty Jokes And Sacred Poems

When i was a kid, my friends liked to tell "dirty Jokes."   If you missed that ritual of  childhood, i can't help you.  I have forgetten them all.  I do remember that some were so nasty, pornographic, sexist, disgiustint, etc. that i was offended by them and  it hurt my ears to hear them.  Others were, i thought at the time, so funny that i  did not even notice that they were also "dirty,"  I enjoyed hearing them and repeating them.

Now, in  my dotage, i have long lost my fondness for jokes and instead have acquiired an  interest in poetry.  I like sacred poetry best, and short poems  -- haikus, a couple  of couplets, one,  two, or  three stanza poems.  I also seem to have another criteria similar to my childhood judgments about jokes.

Some poems and prayers are so full of the author's theology, prejudices, cultural assumptions, etc., that i  miss the universal wisdom, truth and beauty that is in them.  Others seem so filled with wisdom  and beauty that i pay no attention to their origins in  particulary  communities or times or religions.  I like to have to guess about the origin of a poem, and i am especially happy  when i have  guessed wrong.

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heliopausa
Dec. 20th, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
Do you mean you've lost your fondness for all jokes, or for smutty ones? Very often poems work the same way as jokes - by sudden revelations of hidden meanings, of double meanings in words and unexpected juxtapositions of ideas,or the piling-up of associations - especially sacred poems, I think. (But that's just off the top of my head, a morning thought, not a thought-through thought!)
amaebi
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I think that's quite right.
bobby1933
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
:)
bobby1933
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
Oh, i still enjoy comedy, especially stand up. But i prefer it to be more or less "clean" "Politically incorrect" routines and overly profane comedy turns me off to the extent that i will not watch a quite good comic if his shows on prime time get more than three "bleeps" per minute.
bobby1933
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
Yes, poems are like jokes in a variety of ways. In fact, i think that "sacred" poetry could be "funnier."
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