|Harlequin (1888–1890, Paul Cézanne)|
Go ahead, take a whack at it,
Tell a tale about someone wacky.
Like Harlequin, the zany clown
Who someone whacked till he fell down?
Who fell down? The wacky zany—
or the one whacking the wacky?
Both: the whacker always fell after
he whacked the zany to the ground.
Sounds like Mo, Larry and Curly:
The masters of the slapstick form.
Slapstick was a zany’s double stick;
Its bark was much worse than its bite.
No, slapstick is physical comedy:
Pie in the face, mishandled whacks.
All a bully’s favorite tricks
Nothing wacky about real bricks.
|The Three Stooges, circa 1938:|
Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine
Posted for Theme Thursday for September 5, 2013 - WACKY
REPOSTED FOR POETS UNITED Poetry Pantry #166.
Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast