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[Poetry Friday] Gravely Humorous Verses for a Spooktacular Week (Puns Intended)

I love puns so you'll just have to bear with me.


Fats here.

I had all the intention of sharing tea-related poetry today but I think I’ll save it for another (Poetry Fri)day. Last week, I found a poetry collection by J. Patrick Lewis in the “Get Your Spooky On” display of our Children’s department. It’s called Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses and it was a treat! Some people might find the poems a bit corny but I love puns so you’ll just have to bear with me. (Not sorry!)

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup!


The poems in this collection each tell the story of an untimely demise—from a school principal to a bully, a food critic to a cafeteria lady, an underwear salesman to a soccer player—in witty and mischievous verse. Complemented by Simon Bartram’s delightfully deadpan illustrations, J. Patrick Lewis’s cryptic tour of headstones and epitaphs is silly, spooky—and far from grave.

Underwear Salesman

Our grief
Was brief.

Fortune Teller

Here lies.


Returned to Sender.


Reader, if I had more time
I’d say au revoir in rhyme,
Sayonara, ciao in verse—
But I have to catch a hearse.

Book Editor

Miss Spelling’s
Exclamation points
Were myriad!!!
She lived on
The margin.
And died.

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Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

5 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Gravely Humorous Verses for a Spooktacular Week (Puns Intended)

  1. Thanks for this sampler of Pat’s rapier wit! He always seems to be having too much fun. 🙂


  2. I think I will look for this book for next year, Fats. What wonderful pieces you shared! It’s fun to have some smiles today! Thanks


  3. These are fun Fats, I especially like the “Book Editor,” Thanks!


  4. Ha–so much fun. Love the brevity and the wit.


  5. Ha! These make me feel like I could memorize some poems 😉


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