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The Funnyman (Free verse) by Christof
He shuffled on, his shoes too small, His head too big. A golf ball on a tee, He peered once at the waiting stalls And fifty years of flogging round The flea pits, booze halls, ends of piers, Back rooms where the beer ran flat, Lodgings seen through a bottle end, Bulged in the bags of his eyes. His leathery tongue, the foot in his mouth, Tripped off a failing joke or two And the tepid applause we threw at him Bathed him like a tropical spring.

Down the ladder: Karma

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Arithmetic Mean: 5.586207
Weighted score: 5.5847573
Overall Rank: 2333
Posted: November 1, 2002 2:21 AM PST; Last modified: November 1, 2002 2:21 AM PST
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[9] razorgrin @ 192.197.142.120 | 1-Nov-02/6:47 AM | Reply
I really dig the last two lines. They totally bring it all together.
[n/a] Christof @ 195.172.133.226 > razorgrin | 1-Nov-02/6:54 AM | Reply
Thanks, that was the idea, glad it worked for you!
[7] ==Doylum @ 62.6.98.165 | 1-Nov-02/7:07 AM | Reply
How dare you mock Frank Skinner the funniest funnyman that ever there was, or is it Bernard Manning?
Comedy geni' both.
[n/a] Christof @ 195.172.133.226 > ==Doylum | 1-Nov-02/7:10 AM | Reply
I was thinking more Stan Boardman
[8] Nicholas Jones @ 137.44.1.200 > ==Doylum | 6-Nov-02/7:14 AM | Reply
Bernard Manning's is a fat racist tosser. Frank Skinner's just a tosser, although I did like his 'Why the wide face?' comment to Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
[n/a] Limness @ 167.206.181.179 | 1-Nov-02/8:05 AM | Reply
everyone has their own tropical spring these days, now don't they? how would we get on without them?
[9] Frass @ 151.200.46.159 | 2-Nov-02/9:49 AM | Reply
Haven't given a 9 in awhile. Reminds me of the line "squeezing out sparks" by Graham Parker. After reading this, I'm going to finally rent "Lenny" with Dustin Hoffman playing the role of the comedic genius Lenny Bruce.
[8] Nicholas Jones @ 137.44.1.200 | 6-Nov-02/7:13 AM | Reply
A venture into the sad underbelly indigenous British music hall tradition. Pathos out of comedy - a classic paradox. Very nice.
[10] vulcan @ 80.242.3.54 | 10-Nov-02/11:09 PM | Reply
It's mighty good.yours be the holy laurel bough!100
[9] horus8 @ 24.126.113.154 | 10-Nov-02/11:43 PM | Reply
let me guess. jerry springer's inevitable future. quite a remarkably stimulating piece...not a ten inch vibrator with a nickname though, but here's a nine all the same.
[n/a] The Eskimo King @ 212.219.142.161 | 11-Nov-02/1:50 AM | Reply
The only funnyman here is you, this poem is soooo crap!
Keep up your day job mate, or maybe you're crap at that too!
[8] Britpop @ 195.171.139.150 | 11-Nov-02/6:01 AM | Reply
Some really good similies in there. Clever.
[9] brazen @ 65.237.114.141 | 22-Dec-02/11:10 PM | Reply
bill hicks. thats all i have to say.
[n/a] <{Baba^Yaga}> @ 24.126.113.154 | 23-Dec-02/2:03 PM | Reply
you know what's funny about the best list here at poemranker? the way it shifts ever so predictably. i wasn't thinking stan boardman (whoever on god's green earth would? except for you of course) at all more like a jerry louis marathon, but without the muscular ailment, just more ale.
[10] Ranger @ 212.219.142.161 > <{Baba^Yaga}> | 8-Jan-03/1:21 AM | Reply
Yes it does.
This is worth at least, hmm...let me think...10
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