We cover up by laughing

autumn

I enjoy sitcoms, I laugh.
I read the funnies, I laugh.
Humour is a big part of me.
Humour tickles my funny bones.

Funny, humourous jokes.
Brings on laughter.
But not dirty, bad jokes.
At another’s expense, it hurts.

Jokes at office meetings
can cause anxiety to a staff.
A colleague the butt of a boss’s joke.
Is this construed as harassment?

To be the joke at the office
can lead a person to dark thoughts.
To tell jokes about someone
Is to laugh at them, not with them.

Jokes that poke at religion.
Words of prayer that is changed.
To substitute with distasteful ones.
Is it blaspheme?

Jokes with double meaning.
Sounds innocent yet sexual in nature.
At first the laughter is enjoyed.
Soon it leaves a dirty taste behind.

Cruel and hurtful jokes are spiteful.
To cause another to cry.
A joke meant to embarrass is bad.
A joke taken to far to be funny.

Humour in fun is laughter shared.
To laugh without fear of hurting.
A joke can backfire. No one laughs.
Taboo jokes should be shelved.

We tend to laugh
no matter what the joke.
From embarrassment or amusement.
We cover up by laughing.

By C.E. Pereira
(28-5-2016)

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