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Homage to the Nonsense Poetry Muse or Writing Poppycock

Updated on March 26, 2018
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Rochelle Frank wrote humorous bits for her college newspaper many years ago. Her funny observations have continued in print and online.

The nine muses of classical mythology were sister goddesses who inspired humans with 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.

Are you stalked or afflicted by the Nonsense Poetry Muse?

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    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      12 months ago from California Gold Country

      Peggy, you are an expert at finding my most obscure and neglected articles. And I thank you for that.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh, this was fun! I have a big smile on my face right now. Thanks for sharing your muse with us. I hope that she returns to spark more poppycock another day! Her name is great, by the way!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      15 months ago from Ohio

      I laughed my way through this poem. I am glad Silli is your muse, lol.

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks so much Shyron. I had almost, but not quite, forgotten about this one.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas


      Poppy-cock? Is that the father of a hen?

      You have sicked silly on me

      And now I'm giddy as can be

      I found someone who understands this side of me

      You make me feel at home

      With complete aplomb

      Please do not lose this Muse

      Humor is something everyone can use




    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      LOL!! Enjoyed reading! Great write.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years 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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      5 years 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!

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      John Hansen 

      5 years 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.

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

      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.

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

      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.

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years 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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      Ann Carr 

      5 years 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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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

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

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      5 years ago

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

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is really cute. The Jabberwocky rides again!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years 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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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Hahaha! Love it! How clever!

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, 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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