How to Heal Through Comedic Poetry

How to Heal Through Comedic Poetry 

By Mecca Verdell

sidenote : never really understood why they used this picture

sidenote : never really understood why they used this picture

Though memes are love, and memes are life, I don’t fully agree with this one. When you think of a poet, what do you see? Probably that poet expressing themselves with pure passion running through 6 stanzas of woe. Poets are often given a bad reputation about how they're overly emotional beings that only cover you in a cloak of sadness. Well, we can be but, just like any other art form there are different styles and ways we can get our point across that’s is easiest for us, Like comedy. It isn't seen as a defense mechanism in poetry because you can still be telling the raw truth about your pain, or a subject you care for. Jokes are like the sugar to lemonade. You take something bitter and add what helps you digest it. For some poets Comedy helps them see the light in the a situation and ease them through it.

Image from Lee Mokobe

Image from Lee Mokobe

Even comedians are known to have said they take the bad experiences that go on throughout their lives, just to create a different perspective or reveal the truth of the matter. Comedy can be the best way you process emotion. Expressing yourself Isn’t always as easy as it seems, So we find what best fits us to heal through our art, or everyday conversations.

In my poem Petty Dreadfuls I talk about how my father’s infidelity affected me and my family through a series of jokes. (I probably shouldn't say if hes in the audience.)

In one line i say:

‘I'm not gonna be petty,
like you were dad...when you told mom about my middle school boyfriends,
so i told her about your middle aged girlfriends’

There are many moments when the audience laughs at the dark humor but then again, it's dark humor. By taking a subject like this and it making light enough for me to handle it and reflect on why I am the way I am. Which is why I do perform for my father when he's there because at the end of the poem there's also a call for healing and being free from the darkness. Also poetry doesn't need a message sometimes you just need a laugh and want people to join with you! And if they don't laugh...as long as you laughed! I'm with you!

Final thoughts:

Laughter isn’t the best medicine but can make life go down easier. Comedy for some of us is a saving grace throughout the day, whether it be roasting our friends in a pack session or using a joke to flirt, we find a way to get through the uncomfortable stages of our lives. how we heal through tough subjects solely depends on the artist, yet It’s the moments we find time to smile and enjoy the joy we find in us, is where we find who we are.




Pray, Say & Slay Team