Friday, July 10, 2009


HUMORIST, n. A plague that would have softened down the hoar austerity of Pharaoh's heart and persuaded him to dismiss Israel with his best wishes, cat-quick.
Lo! the poor humorist, whose tortured mind
See jokes in crowds, though still to gloom inclined —
Whose simple appetite, untaught to stray,
His brains, renewed by night, consumes by day.
He thinks, admitted to an equal sty,
A graceful hog would bear his company.
—Alexander Poke
2009 Update: An entertainer who laughs on the platform and dances beneath the scaffold, hanging on his own every word.


Nessa said...

Humorist: A modern day court jester.

TLP said...

Humorist: More fun than a pessimist.

skywind said...

Humorist: Let the people joyful facing each day.
Health information & Humor & Fun World

quilly said...

I see you wrote HIS and not HER, but this somehow still gives the impression you are talking about me. Why is that?

karen said...

Horse thieves and cattle rustlers hanged for lesser crimes than those committed by graceful hogs.

cooper said...

That was a good definition Doug. I'll take it.

Tom & Icy said...

The humorist married a comic and their child turned out to be a satirist.

Ariel the Thief said...

Humorist, joke salesman.

Doug The Una said...

Lacking only a court, Nessa.

TLP, that's true, I'm afraid.

Skywind, and let them all have health information.

Quilly, "Narcissist" sounds as similar as it is.

Karen, hogs cure better.

For your act, Coop?

I can guess which side was horselike, Tom.

Ariel, for you, half-off.

Alexander Pope said...

Your wit is true, Bierce.
Yr. humble servant.

karen said...

I'm afraid it's now decided at Poke v. Pope, Weirsdo.

What say you?

Doug The Una said...

Weirsdo, Amrbose Pierce will need a quoting, won't he?

Karen, you didn't ask me, but I'll go for Poke, who has the advantage of being fictional.