Hoping For Humor (Sundry Verse)

Today I’ve written four poems on a theme called hope. There’s a pair of quatrains, one haiku, and a limerick — something for everyone, or no one, as the case may be:

Hope springs eternal—
a “truism” some speak.
Yes, hope springs eternal,
until it springs a leak.


Alexander Pope
wrote about hope.
His eternal quote
helps some folks cope.


Showing up to vote—
a yearly exercise in
unrequited hope.


A gal who is often caught moping
And is terribly dreadful at coping
Drives her family mad.
Things have gotten so bad,
That they’re hoping to hear she’s eloping.


(Inspired by Haiku Wednesday’s hope prompt and Poets United quotation prompt. For more optimistic poems see Friday Poetically.)

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35 Responses to “Hoping For Humor (Sundry Verse)”

  1. Old Ollie says:

    Fun…as always – great twists and turns.

  2. Elaine Spall says:

    Hopefully you’ll inspire a limerick or two from this!

  3. pamela says:

    Madeleine, that last one had me cracking up.
    Enjoyable as always.


  4. Rinkly Rimes says:

    hopeless case

    Just a silly little try. But not hopeless, I hope.

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind words!

  6. Larry Moran says:

    Thanks for sharing. This was hilarious. As always, your blog is a great mood improver :)

  7. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, Larry. I appreciate your enthusiasm for my humor!

  8. brian says:

    ha. love the humor in that last one…hope is essential…even if i is that they move away…lolt

  9. Trellissimo says:

    Humour certainly makes the world go round for Ada and Caddoc! LOL

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Love your pithy insights on hope. The final limerick however comes far too close to home. Funny yes, but with the punch of truth in it. Thanks for the grins and smiles,


  11. Ella says:

    Love your clever wit; You always make me smile :D

  12. Some very nice verse…thanks.

  13. Mehreen says:

    I’m attempting to venture into poetry this time around. You make it seem so easy :)

  14. Kim Nelson says:

    Yep… mopers and whiners are a real nuisance!

  15. Wonderful! Each one of these is a treasure..I thoroughly enjoyed reading them, but I think the first is definitely my favourite! I’m afraid my hope has been springing more than a few leaks lately….LOL!

    Homage To Robb

  16. Mama Zen says:

    That first one is hilarious!

  17. Versebender says:

    Hope is a funny thing…especially in your capable hands. Vb

  18. Laurie Kolp says:

    I enjoyed them all… especially the limerick!

  19. Especially liked your haiku on voting, Madeleine. So sad, so true, so witty all at once! Amy BL

  20. Tilly Bud says:

    These are great fun! I particularly like the one about voting.

  21. madhumakhi says:

    Hey I like this poem. Especially the haiku about voting-
    Showing up to vote—
    a yearly exercise in
    unrequited hope.

  22. unbeatable..
    please share one piece with poets rally today, thanks.

  23. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your enthusiastic words.

  24. Margo Benson says:

    I love all of these – the haiku is spot on!

  25. Amanda Moore says:

    Ha I did the springs eternal thing too great minds? Loved the limerick too!

  26. RiA says:

    Made me laugh- thank you

  27. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Margo, Amanda, and RiA!

  28. Unrequited indeed – unfortunately too many people feel that way and don’t bother doing it at all. Ah, another soapbox for another day (or topic). Well done :)

  29. madkane says:

    Thanks, Jenn!

  30. Loved them all, each one a gem. Made me smile. Especially the unrequited hopes of the voters:)

  31. Mad Kane,

    It was fun calling by your blog and reading your words. Truly uplifting for today, St Patrick’s Day!

    Best wishes, Eileen

  32. Rashmi says:

    All of them are wonderful….
    especially about voting becoming an exercise….

  33. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone. It’s interesting how many people singled out my voting haiku. Hmmmm. :)

  34. Willow says:

    I love each and every one quatrains, haiku and limerick, and yes, uplifting, I borrow that from Eileen, agreeing with the sentiment.

  35. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Willow. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed them!