Humorous Tanka

very first date

the park with a waterfall

holding hands

a visit to the bathroom

toilet paper hangs from pants


© Carol Campbell

Carpe Diem February 2016 Senses
Carpe Diem February 2016

Hamish on humor:

Humor comes in many flavors, any of which may appeal to one person but not to another, and which may be enjoyed in alternation or in combination. Here are names and descriptions of the different kinds of humor:

Anecdotal – refers to comic personal stories that may be true or partly true but embellished.

Blue -also called  risque or broad humor, which refers to unrestrained, unsubtle humor often marked by coarse jokes and sexual situations.

Burlesque, or Slapstick – Ridicules by imitating with caricature, or exaggerated characterization.

Deadpan/Dry – Delivered with an impassive, expressionless, matter-of-fact presentation.

Farcical – Comedy based on improbable coincidences and with satirical elements, punctuated at times with overwrought, frantic action.

High/highbrow – Humor pertaining to cultured, sophisticated themes.

Droll, or Ironic/Absurd – Humor involving incongruity and discordance with norms, in which the intended meaning is opposite, or nearly opposite, to the literal meaning.

Mordant – Caustic or biting humor

Parodic – Comic imitation often intended to ridicule an author, an artistic endeavor, or a genre.

Self-deprecating – Humor in which performers target themselves and their foibles or misfortunes for comic effect.

Stand-up – A form of comedy delivery in which a comic entertains an audience with jokes and humorous stories.

Writing a humorous haiku is no easy task. But it is worth trying, and giving your haiku humor, using perhaps one of the techniques outlined above.

Chevrefeuille’s words:

My response
Humor … not really my “cup of tea”, but as you could read above I have tried to write haiku with humor in it. Here is another attempt and I think it’s in the “anecdotal”  way:

proud like a peacock
the  businessman steps around
stumbles over the sill


© Chèvrefeuille

Thank you both!

❤ ❤ ❤


Published by: writersdream9

I have been writing all my life but for the most part, it has been a secret. My parents did not believe writing was a good way to earn money so I hid my poems. Then one day, I wanted to comment on an essay that a friend had written and found myself with a blog. That quiet whisper inside said, "You can write your poetry and no one will ever know.". I knew nothing of followers and the like at that time. So, here I am trying to learn my craft and enjoying every moment of it. My personal details are, I'm 57, married for 39 years, have one grown son who is God's gift to us and last but not least at all, I'm a Baha'i which basically means that I love all humanity.

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