Writing Poppycock With Homage to the Nonsense Poetry Muse

The nine muses of classical mythology were sister goddesses who provided humans with inspiration and insight into the arts, sciences and philosophy.

Storytellers, astronomers, dancers, musicians, poets, dramatists and others in creative or skilled practical pursuits looked to one or more of them for divine assistance in their various activities.

Though this is not generally known, there is at least one other muse who is named Silliusnincompoopia who is rarely depicted in classical art and literary tradition. Her contemporaries either shunned or disparaged her, for good reason. She was often called just plain "Silly".

I know about this because she has followed me relentlessly through life, inspiring my written nonsense, and artistic incompetence, often in the form of doggerel poems. Silly is always lurking, even when I try to be serious.

To this muse I dedicate the following poem, in the hope that she will leave me alone for awhile.

Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo by Richard Samuel
Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo by Richard Samuel | Source

Sillyusnincompoopia does not appear in the portrait above. She is off somewhere being silly, while the other nine sisters are being very serious about all of their artistic pursuits at the temple of Apollo.

A Praise to the Nonsense Poetry Muse

(Preferably to be read aloud in a pouring rain.)


Poppycock, and all that rot, taps on a window of my brain.
Then, in time, the nonsense rhyme requests permission to remain.
Now, at the door, it taps some more and walks in uninvited.
I question, "Who said, 'Come on in'," realizing ... I did.

The Muse of Nonsense Poetry rarely gets a mention,
But her insane, insistent tone demands my prompt attention.
She enters my brain and is bound to remain with snippets of unscripted ode.
Once deep inside, she can't be denied, demanding a written mode.

Then I find, within my mind, I am to doggerel inclined, growing stubborn habits.
The ebb and flow will come and go, then multiply like rabbits.
Becoming a lyric which rhymes without reason, a web of idle thoughts,
Switches up meters and rhythms and mode like a weaving of macrame knots.

Nagging to be written down, the claptrap will remain.
Inventing a verse, getting much worse and progressively more inane.

Idle bunkum, trivial thoughts, becoming more confused,
Demand some polished ordering to make sure they're perused
By readers who may come by chance, and linger for awhile,
Finding motive to read this junk and briefly crack a smile.

I might support lost causes, and do it all in rhyme,
Speak out for homeless hermit crabs and do it all the time.
It might seem sheer insanity, or something even worse,
But somehow seems more sensible to put it into verse.

When nonsense rhyme or rhythm, gets stuck within my head,
I'm jotting verses all day long, until I go to bed.
And yes, I'll blame the Nonsense Muse, she has to have her say.
I'm chosen to convey her words. (All nonsense, by the way.)

Some say my life is wasted, but nonsense is my lot.
The gift for writing writing epic tales, is not the one I got.
Scribbling on philosophy would turn out sounding phony,
I script the musings of a muse whose forte is baloney.

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B. Leekley 16 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

You write poppycock so well that it is easy to tell that Silliusnincompoopia is your guide. You're an inspiration to the masses who, for all our hours in classes, can't write such clever doggerel, though we've tried.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas

Hahaha! Love it! How clever!


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AliciaC 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is so funny. Silliusnincompoopia sounds like a great muse. She's serving you very well!


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Writer Fox 16 months ago from the wadi near the little river

This is really cute. The Jabberwocky rides again!


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torrilynn 16 months ago

i find this to be quite witty indeed. thank you.


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habee 16 months ago from Georgia

Love this hub! I think that same muse visits me often. lol


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

I think she visits me now and then but I haven't published any - not silly enough!

This is great; you've written about silliness in a very clever way. Well crafted and well formed. It did indeed make me smile.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida

Very clever, Rochelle. Although I haven't been visited by this particular muse, when it comes to insane verse, I mean inane verse, I can rhyme with the beast of them, I mean best of them. ;)


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Rochelle Frank 16 months ago from California Gold Country Author

Dr, BJ-- I know you can .... in fact, I have often wondered if you actually are Silly (the muse).


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Rochelle Frank 16 months ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, annart. I'm sure this submission will not earn me a penny, but the muse compels, and if it earns a smile are two-- that's worth more.


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Rochelle Frank 16 months ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you all for your kind and accepting comments.

@B Leeky... yes that sounds like her. I think you are one of her chosen people.

@ Writer Fox-- Jaberwocky went over the edge with nonsense. I sometimes invent words, but no one can beat a vorpel sword going snicker-snack.

@ Habee-- let it out Habee, you always seem so practical and crafty.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

I want the muse she's got! Great nonsense poem Rochelle. It is good you dedicated a poem to Silliusnincompoopia, somebody had to. I write nonsense verse and limericks from time to time so I think she gets around a bit. Voted up.


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Rochelle Frank 16 months ago from California Gold Country Author

It does seem that she gets around more than I thought.


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CMHypno 16 months ago from Other Side of the Sun

Thanks for such a great poem Rochelle. I wish the nonsense poetry muse did stalk me, but alas it is not so!


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rebeccamealey 16 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love the way you introduced the poem. "Silly" is a fun muse. Embrace her and carry on!


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Vellur 16 months ago from Dubai

LOL!! Enjoyed reading! Great write.


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Rochelle Frank 16 months ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you CMHypno, Rebeccamealey and Vellur. I am surprised and pleased that so many people have read this silly poem.


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

Great fun, Rochelle! Turn that muse loose and there is no telling what she will do or say. :)


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Rochelle Frank 15 months ago from California Gold Country Author

I think she has been already been turned loose. I have no control. Thanks for the comment, billybuc.

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