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Sunday Scribblings #124: A Little Absurd Can Do Wonders

November 20th celebrates the absurd with National Absurdity Day. And why not, right? When we can have days for things like polka dots (January 22nd), to ask stupid questions (on September 28th), or for walking around things (April 4th), why not a day for everything absurd? (Well, if you ask me, the rest of the days sound kind of absurd too, but also fun, and something to make each day just a little bit more fun-ner, right? Which is one of the reasons I put them here on my Sunday Scribblings each week!) So anyway, a little absurd can do wonders, when done the right, or write, way! Read on to find out how.

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Poetic Sundays: A Little Absurd In Our Poems

A little absurd in our writing can do wonders sometimes, and today’s poetic Sunday’s focus is not on a form per-se (kind of sounding like my last Sunday Scribbling, but unintentional!), but rather on bringing the absurd into writing in one way or the other.

A Little About the Facets of the Absurd

In literature (and by extension, or well, inclusion), absurd or absurdity or absurdism, helps writers explore the nonsensical or the bizarre or the meaningless aspects of life and the world. And if we are honest, there are always some (more than some too) things like that.

The word absurd itself comes from the Latin absurdus, meaning ”out of tune” or ”discordant.” Note that while I used “absurdity” and “absurdism” with an “or” in between earlier, there is a difference between them.

Absurdity is the quality or state of being absurd (or abdurdness), or in general, anything that is absurd (as in, the absurdities of life). On the other hand, absurdism, refers to an intentional or deliberate absurd behavior or character, as well as to the intentional belief that human beings exist in an irrational and chaotic universe.

However, I do believe that both absurdity and absurdism can help, each in their own way, when we use them in writing and in art, to provide impact – be it humor or meaning (yes, despite what they mean!)

The Absurd in Poetry: A Quick How To

Just like with last week’s Poetic Salute to Stevenson, the rules are simple! You can choose either absurdity or absurdism as your theme or motivation to get started. Here are a few things that might help:


Both absurdity and absurdism can blur lines often. So I am simply listing a few that can work for either or both of these. In any case, they fit the “absurd” theme. Read “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Jabberwocky,” or other similar poems. Check out Camus’s The Stranger or Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, both of which can provide inspiration galore. You can also find inspiration in these wonderful short absurdist poems that can be found at Ubupoems or here on HelloPoetry or at AllPoetry.

Look for the Absurd Around

Look for the absurd around you; in life, and in the world around!

  • Surrealism, nonsensical stuff, and other similar things can also be inspiration for the absurd.
  • The strange world of memes and trends! There is so much weirdness to explore there, right?!
  • Even the pandemic can provide us some ideas, given how much it took us away from the normal we were used to, and caused us to find a whole “new normal” (or is it really?)
  • that time when you wake up while you are still in the middle of a dream, and not sure where the dream world ended and your real one began.
  • the mixing of two very different things; like oil and water, age-old traditions with something modern;
  • the possibilities are endless


  • Pick any poetic form with rhythm and rhyme. You can refer to any of the forms from previous forms featured on my blog. Free verse it if you so choose.
  • Employ hyperbole, satire, irony, juxtaposition, malapropism, and other similar techniques and tools
  • You can also choose to write about the absurd in a truly absurd way!!
    • Maybe write about those weird events you have encountered in a reverse timeline mode, or like it is a dream, or told by an alien!
    • Use emojis, graphics, or other drawings interspersed with words
    • Write in code. Or like Brian Bilston (a poet I recently discovered) did with a recent poem, in a spreadsheet.

And the rest

While I don’t really have any other tips, please feel free to ping me if you have any – tips or questions!

(On an aside, I hope to work on indexing my reviews and poetic forms soon)

My Attempt at the Absurd

Attempt, the First

This one is not absurd by itself, in the writing of it, but about something that can sound weird or absurd. More about it in the further reading section.

Feel Like Alice
Have you ever felt like Alice?
Not in those half-awake dreams,
But aware, without tinted glasses
to distort the real; not the ‘it-seems’

Have you ever felt like her?
A little smaller
than normal at times, and at other,
many times larger!?

If you do, know you’re not alone.
Many suffer from this weird syndrome..
Where they feel like being in Wonderland
A little off, away from things they understand..
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

Attempt, the second

Not absurd in content at all, but trying to write a little absurdly. Hint: break down and reuse parts of that first word to form three different words

LOL for 💪
Laughterrifically to health!
~Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

h/t, Reference, and Further Reading

My attempt the second: laughter terrific ally to health; or laughter terrifically ally to health; or laugh – terrific ally to health!

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On My Blog And the Homefront

This past week flew by and I didn’t get a single word in, so the only post that made it is was last week’s scribblings. As for the home-front, I managed to clean up my wardrobe (long overdue overhaul) and I am glad for it.


On My Blog and On the Homefront

I never got around to posting what I planned to (or was thinking about) on my blog last week. With this week being a holiday week here in the United States, I am not sure how much of my planning will make it into reality. My older son is back home from college for the Thanksgiving week (though he will be mostly busy studying for his exams which start the week after he gets back to college). And the rest of us in the fam have the four-day weekend coming up.

We are meeting family for an early pre-Thanksgiving dinner and then hope to explore some local sights over the weekend.


Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week include: Voltaire on Nov 21st; George Eliot on the 22nd of Nov; Nirad Chaudhuri and Robert Towne on Nov 23rd; Arundhati Roy and Frances Hodgson Burnett on Nov 24th; Jandy Nelson on Nov 25th; Marilynne Robinson on the 26th of Nov; Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Kevin Henkes on Nov 27th
  • November 23rd is Fibonacci Day, so if you wish to, write a Fib poem.
  • Better Conversation Week – Week of Thanksgiving – kind of literary, right?

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations and Observations

Related Books and Reads

Suggestions related to various aspects of today’s blog

Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. Will you be attempting to write an absurd poem of your own? And, of course, do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon.

5 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #124: A Little Absurd Can Do Wonders

  1. I absolutely LOVE this post! I’m a poet myself and a lot of the poems I’ve written can be labeled as ‘absurd’ because there so unique and original. I hope to see more posts from you like this one!

  2. These are interesting facts about the absurd. Well, your attempts are good, and never thought it would be easy to have it in the poem as well. Maybe I will give it an attempt and see if I can do it haha. Thank you for sharing!

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