It’s a Weird Wor(l)d – a Poem of Puns

Weird Wor(l)d
It’s a weird wor(l)d

Phyllis’s Challenge

In Phyllis Doyle’s humorous piece “Six Pack to Go” she issued a challenge to try and come up with a funnier piece of humour. I realise that was written some time ago, but she didn’t stipulate a time limit. This poem “It’s a Weird Wor(l)d” is my attempt.


It’s a Weird Wor(l)d – a Poem of Puns


Why are boxing rings not round? I ponder,

And confused fighters told, “Move to the corner!”

My closest relative’s my father,

But a long way distant is known as farther.


Why do fish hang around in schools?

Who teaches them the golden rules?

And what about a herd of cattle,

Does this mean you can hear them rattle?


If a blue movie is rated “R”,

Does that mean a smurf is not the star?

If parks are places that you play,

Do cars have fun when we’re away?


One fish is fish, and more are too,

One sheep is sheep, and so are ewe.

One mouse is mouse, and two are mice,

So why is not two houses, hice?

One male is man, and two are men,

One female’s woman, two women,

So if one person is a human,

It means that two should be humen.


If we strike gold or oil, we’re rich,

But a strike in baseball is a bitch.

Travelling on a plane’s a trip,

So is falling over and breaking your hip.

The World Wide Web has many sites,

And a unit of measure is called a bite.

The world called Earth has many sights,

And bugs, and nasty things that bight.


This poem is full of many puns,

But please don’t point those nasty guns.

I know bad jokes are not the trend,

So, I’ll bring this one to an end.


by John Hansen © 2016

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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “It’s a Weird Wor(l)d – a Poem of Puns

  • April 24, 2018 at 3:57 AM

    This is funny, John, and so well crafted. It is no wonder many people find it difficult to learn the English language. Great work – I think you win the challenge I tossed out. Thanks for taking me up on it.

  • April 24, 2018 at 6:32 AM

    Thank you, Phyllis. glad you enjoyed this. It was fun to write.

  • April 25, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Great read John, yeah the english language is filled with so many anomalies it is crazy. Nice work

  • April 25, 2018 at 10:42 PM

    Hey, Paul. Thanks for reading. yes, there are a lot more than I could include in this poem.


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