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Love Is Off Limits November 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Poetry, Word Play.

IMGP1472aLaughter is wonderful

But joking about love is wrong

It’s fine to joke about other things
Anything at all ~ go for it!

But not love

Love should be off limits

Writing satirical love poems . . .
Well, that’s just crossing the line


1. spilledinkguy - November 17, 2011

But I’ve spent so much time researching ridiculous things that rhyme with blue!

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Well, then, you must be an artist and follow your own rules. 😆

2. Marion Driessen - November 17, 2011

True love is too deep an emotion to mess around with for the simple sake of fun. But joking amongst lovers is totally OK 😉

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

A serious and angst ridden “poet” shared this “rule” with me some time ago . . . when he perceived that I had stepped over some imaginary line into the underbrush of impropriety. 😛

Marion Driessen - November 17, 2011

LOL 😀 Keep stepping, that way we all stay alert 😉

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

I don’t know why this tickled my funny bone today . . . but I just can’t stop laughing.

3. redplace - November 17, 2011

Loved reading this 🙂 it’s so very true

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Glad you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek look at satirical love poems. We shouldn’t take anything in life too seriously . . . we’ll never get out of it alive. 😛

4. Andra Watkins - November 17, 2011

To hold love is a sacred package. You are right, Nancy.

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

I just finished reading a book by Julie Cameron, God Is No Laughing Matter, in which she disproves her thesis.

I suspect, as does Julie, that God has a great sense of humor and is waiting for us to lighten up a bit.

So I tackled a related reverential subject . . . LOVE . . . with the utmost irreverence. 😉

Patricia - November 17, 2011

God must have a sense of humor and a great one. Otherwise He would have incinerated all of us long ago.

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Well, I don’t know about ALL of us . . . but it would be great if instant Karma removed the predators from our midst.

5. TheIdiotSpeaketh - November 17, 2011

I agree… (Feverishly starts hiding all the satarical love poems he has ever written in his life…which is a bunch!) 🙂

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Be an artist . . . live by your own rules!

6. Tori Nelson - November 17, 2011

Haha! Lines were made for crossing, right?

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Exactly! Or as Elizabeth Bennet would say:

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. ~ Pride and Prejudice, ch. 31

7. sufilight - November 17, 2011

Nancy, this made me smile because it gets different reactions from all of us. God does have a sense humor, including you. 🙂

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Thanks, Marie. To prove her case, Julie cited . . . Zebras, Giraffes, and red-assed Baboons.

And let’s not forget the Platypus, Camels, and Aardvarks,

Patricia - November 17, 2011

And ostriches…

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

So many marvelous animals to behold. 😀

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nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Nothing like a mid-afternoon chuckle to keep us smiling. 😉

9. souldipper - November 17, 2011

The minute I saw your title, I knew you were up to something, Nancy.

For sure, love will laugh at itself before anyone else has a chance! 😀

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Love is too wonderful to exist in a vacuum without mirth. 😀

10. Carl D'Agostino - November 17, 2011

My parents married 66 years past Sept. We have a disposable society that disposes people as well. Hey, people come into our lives and out of our lives and splitting and getting on with it may be reasonable. But couples that have a wholesome loving relationship have something that is very rare and must be cherished in every way. It did not work out that way for me and as I am sole caretaker of my parents will remain a bachelor. Love for grandchildren far exceeds the relationship love of couples anyway.

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

I expect that most enduring relationships have humor as the peace-keeping cornerstone. I know ours (30 years and counting) would have fallen by the wayside long ago if we did not live, love, and LAUGH together. 😀

11. viviankirkfield - November 17, 2011

We’ve been married 44 years…and I would have to say that my husband’s sense of humor has been one of the most important factors in this still-loving relationship. 🙂 Love…in all of its forms…can certainly be very funny…and sometimes at the oddest times. 🙂
Thanks for helping pass along the laughter and the love!

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

Thanks, Vivian. Having a sense of humor, and being able to laugh at the absurdities of life, is a valuable possession in any relationship.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. 😀

12. Samyak - November 17, 2011

totally agree with you…

I had once read a poem which roughly translates into English as…

I can SEE the fragrance of those looks,
dont TOUCH it with your hands and
blamish it with the tag of a relationship …
it´s just an emotion,
feel it…
let love remain love only,
don´t name it anything else…

thanks Nancy for reminding us … love IS OFF LIMITS

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

That’s so interesting, Samyak. After posting this, I started reading The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle. He cautions:

“Don’t get attached to any words. They are only stepping stones, to be left behind as quickly as possible.” (p.6)

He also differentiates between the emotion of love (which may be both amusing and inane at times) and the deep states of PEACE, LOVE, and JOY that define our Being in the silent stillness between thought:

“What is often referred to as love may be preasurable and exciting for a while, but it is an addictive clinging, an extremely needy condition that can turn into its opposite at the flick of a switch. Many “love” relationships, after the initial euphoria has passed, actaully oscillate between “love” and hate, attraction and attack.” (p.24)

13. jannatwrites - November 18, 2011

Oh boy. I broke this rule back in high school when I wrote a poem about a boy’s love for his car (prompted by my date backing out of taking me to his prom because he bought an italian leather steering wheel for his car. We still went to my prom, but probably shouldn’t have….)

I guess I should scrap my current poem-in-progress, too: “You Hung The Moon But Left Your Socks On The Floor.”

nrhatch - November 18, 2011

Too funny, Janna. No, wait . . . two funny, Janna.

(1) I’m gonna buy me a . . . car
Cuz I need a friend now
Yeah, yeah . . . boop boop she bop bop.
I’m gonna buy me a car . . .
To drive me near and far . . . but not to the prom

(2) Your current poem sounds like a country song (or two . . . hundred) I heard once. We know the blush is off the rose when we toss our socks on the floor.

14. adeeyoyo - November 18, 2011

I believe that love is our reason for living, but laughter is the medicine to cure our ills.

nrhatch - November 18, 2011

Love and laughter certainly make our stay here more palatable.

15. Tilly Bud - November 18, 2011

Most of my love poetry to the Hub has made fun of him and us. He’s still here, so I guess it can’t be so bad to cross that line.

nrhatch - November 18, 2011

I’ve never liked “serious” or “mushy” love cards . . . the sentiments expressed seem insincere without a bit of humor tossed into the mix.

Funny love cards speak to my heart.

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nrhatch - November 18, 2011

Wow! That’s a real eye opener! 😯

17. eof737 - November 21, 2011

Jokes about love? Now that is interesting…. must look for some filled with satire. 🙂

nrhatch - November 21, 2011

Unconditional Love . . . that state of being (along with inner Peace and Joy) is not subject to satire since it has no opposite.

In contrast, romantic Love is a needy thing that oscillates between Love and Hate depending upon whether the “object of affection” is behaving as we wish . . . or being “contrary.” There is AMPLE fodder for satire of love which isn’t really love at all.

18. bluebee - November 29, 2011

Keep on crossing that line, Nancy 😀

nrhatch - November 29, 2011

Shall do . . . beeblue! 😀

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