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The Evening Class

by Mickey 

Posted: 21 May 2010
Word Count: 108

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The wife’s just enrolled at Evening School.
She’s training to be a ventriloquist.
She says that at love I’m a total fool
and, for her, there’s no more marital bliss.

So I asked her “Why ventriloquism?”
She said “Well isn’t it clear? –
as I’m married to such a dummy already
at least I’ll have got’ll the gear”

She said that, if I were to sign up as well
it would make our love-life grand.
I don’t need to know how to throw my voice,
just learn where to stick my hand.

(At least, I think that’s what she said –
her voice was coming from the suitcase!)

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V`yonne at 14:39 on 21 May 2010  Report this post


put me in mind of Jake Thackery :)

Felicity F at 15:26 on 21 May 2010  Report this post
hi....an interesting poem on the communication between man and wife (or the lack of ..lol ) made me smile.

V`yonne at 17:38 on 21 May 2010  Report this post
Struck me you could make the ending more subtle:
I think that’s what she said –
from the suitcase!

and you don't really need those brackets with that space.


We like some silly verse at EDP...

didau at 16:11 on 22 May 2010  Report this post
I like the tone and it's a good joke but rhythm plays a huge part in this sort of humourous poem - it seems to break down in the 2nd stanza - is this deliberate?

James Graham at 15:59 on 24 May 2010  Report this post
It's all been said, and whatever nits there are have been picked. Is there a ventriloquist joke at the end that I've missed? I mean, am I supposed to look at 'where to stick my hand' again and realise she probably said something else?

'got'll the gear' - nobody else has noticed! - is a variation on the ventriloquist's 'bottle of beer'. Neat.


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