Writing Exercise – Humorous Verse

by | April 6, 2016 | Writing Exercise | 2 comments

By Ashley Lister

Betty & I

went to one of those swingers’ parties,

and my blow-up doll: Betty.

wanted to add a new kink to our lives.

just went there to get sweaty.

relationship was at a low point.

it had been that way for a bit.

I still tried to treat her with flowers or clothes.

a bicycle puncture repair kit.

I like humour in poetry. Yes, poetry can lend itself to a great level of seriousness, but there is something about rhythm and a cleverness with words that makes me want to do something that will make an audience laugh.

for months my Betty had been silent.

our love life had skidded off track.

didn’t know if Betty had stopped loving me.

was just missing the string from her back.

pumped her up full before leaving.

looked as good as it claimed on her box.

adorned her in lingerie, perfumes and makeup.

then I put on some clean socks.

Humour is relatively simple to do, and impossibly difficult to explain. Go for the unexpected. Use the surreal. Surprise your reader. Do something clever with words. Or simply describe the real world and allow your reader to see the humour that is there waiting to be discovered. 

looked perfectly suited together

each were the cream of the crop

that didn’t stop people from laughing

we waited beside the bus stop.

should really have waited to inflate her

can say horrid stuff

we were both going off to a sex party

I didn’t want to arrive out of puff.

This isn’t the complete poem. This is just the first half of it and I’m sure there are versions floating around the internet. I’ve put this one up here this month just to illustrate the point that even the silliest situation can be used to make an amusing verse.

And the exercise for this month is simple: write a
couple of verses of humorous poetry. As always, I look forward to
seeing your poems in the comments box below.

Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. Martin Gross

    Anal erotic love song (sung to the tune of an old jazz standard https://youtu.be/d0lgswGOgrs ):

    Now, I don't care what the preacher man says
    When the preacher man says I'm sinning
    You'll never hear me repenting, I'm certain my soul is fine.
    I only care where my wiener points,
    When my wiener points all lewdly,
    It's gotta be all fun to me, when I'm six and you are nine.

    Jooper, crooper, where'd you get that pooper?
    Jooper, crooper, where'd you get that brown eye?
    Gosh, y'got me up; now I've got you greased up.
    Push and ream in–how'd you get so wide?

    Golly gee, when you show your bottom off,
    Ho is me, got to put a condom on.

    Jooper, Crooper, where'd you get that pooper?
    Oh, that winker, how I want to ride.

    Jooper, Crooper, where'd you get that pooper?
    Oh, that blinker, how I want inside.
    Where did ya get it?
    I wanna stroke and pet it.
    Where'd you get that brown eye?

  2. Ashley Lister

    Love the rhythm on this piece. Clever wordplay 🙂


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