Ear Worms: A Poem for Jingle’s Poetry Rally

I have posted so many heavy poems lately. As a former, longtime hospice nurse who’s had her own near-death experience, it seems so natural to me to focus on death and dying. Both of my novels are serious and deal with themes of loss (and hope and redemption). But, believe it or not, I love to laugh. So today for the rally I decided to post a bit of humor…maybe not the best poetry, but hopefully you’ll enjoy. And to those of you who suffer from ear worms, read on. I think you’ll understand.

 Ear Worms

The diagnosis sounds atrocious.
It hinges on repetition.
Songs that jingle in your head
make you wish that you were dead.

What’s the cause of this disease?
No one knows for certain.
Since the tunes don’t always please
they can leave you hurting.

You just confessed you do obsess
on this catchy melody:
“‘F-R-E-E, that spells free,’
rattles round inside of me.”

Just yesterday it went away,
I didn’t think of it at all
until that damn ad played again.
Don’t you know, it will not end?

“Cognitive itch”—that a son of a bitch,
could it be God’s call?
The message you were meant to get:
“It’s a Small World After All.”

They say that ear worms can’t be fought.
That only makes you angrier.
The more you scratch the more you itch
and bury it in your memory.

There’s not much that you can do
to stop these “aneurhythms.”
Try to sing the whole damn song,
loud and clear, to pass it on.

When the “hum-bug” gets to you
try to find distraction.
until another one pops in.
Then it all begins again.

“Maim That Tune” you may recall,
means you’re normal after all.

58 thoughts on “Ear Worms: A Poem for Jingle’s Poetry Rally

  1. […] Ear Worms: A Poem for Jingle’s Poetry Rally September 2010 57 comments and 4 Likes on WordPress.com […]


  2. 2zpoint says:

    Hee!Hee! Thats the kind of thing that drives me nuts! music I just can’t stop in my HEAD!LOL! good points!


  3. deadpoet88 says:

    This is a really fun read! Good one!


  4. haha. the only way to get a tune out of your head is get another (equally annoying) one to supplant it. lovely poem.


  5. Haha, I loved the flow, it’s catchy… the irony.


  6. River says:

    LOL! Thanks for the giggle. 🙂


  7. Jamie Dedes says:

    That is cute … I like it a lot and could use the smile. Just spent the day in ER with an elderly friend. All is well and she’s fine, but it was a scare and a long day. Needed something like this. Thanks! 🙂


  8. -D says:

    last song syndrome. the more you hate the tune, the more you remember it.


  9. Angela Cohan says:

    Fabulous work–I loved reading it–great use of language.


  10. dhitzunako says:

    I’m really impressed by your informative yet casual style of writing here. Nice d^.^b

    Btw, I just found out that those symptoms that you describe is called “earworm” (hehehe, shame on me). So, thanks for sharing this.

    Happy rally! 🙂


  11. Jingle says:

    return favors to those who are here, yet you did not originally reach is another manner,
    thanks for the support.


  12. marisol4you says:

    Very entertaining and fluent… “Cognitive itch”—that a son of a bitch – lmao. Thanks for posting this!


  13. PinkLady says:

    this is amusing, victoria! although your poem depicted ear worms in a funny way, they are in reality quite annoying. i love your style!


  14. Cute! I just hate when an ear worm invades my mind…I usually have one of these stupid songs rattling around for days!


  15. frayedges says:

    Funny! Those ear worms are so darn pesky!


  16. This is just wonderful. I am yet to discover how to be funny in poetry. I think maybe one or two. But this is a perfect example of what I would like to write.Though there is ear worms I read this as fun. Love and Light, Sender


  17. a fun post.. humorous and witty.. we all seem to get obsessed with a tune once a way 🙂

    Rally Week 29, My Poem


  18. dancingfreak says:

    wow!!! heavy actually 😦

    is there something called ear worms??

    a bit humor… yes there was a touch 🙂


    • Believe it or not, if you do an Internet search on earworms, you will discover a number of clinical articles on the subject. They are a manifiestation of an obsessive-complusive tendency and some say that they occur in conjunction with worrying. One of the recommended treatments is to sing the song all the way through! I suppose most of us do have a touch of OCD!


  19. Chris G. says:

    A flood of creativity–quite a clever piece! It’s both entertaining and well written. Good job!


  20. Someone Is Special says:

    Eat Worms? Funny stuff.. thoroughly enjoy the LOL… Do stop by Lots of Laughter, you are precious writer for it..

    Rhyming Waters

    –Someone Is Special–


  21. Kiera says:

    “Cognitive itch”– I love the phrasing there, I definitely understand this one!

    Great poem 🙂 x


  22. Morganna says:

    So funny — had me laughing! And so true! Dang ear worms! 🙂


  23. Teresa says:

    This is absolutely fun! I hated it when my son spent an entire summer humming and singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for visiting mine here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/watching/


  24. Lu Ann says:

    It is a small world after all…

    Very true!
    Very nice. I really liked it thou its not a very common topic 🙂


  25. Nessa says:

    This was fun but ear worms burrow in and make you nuts. 😉


  26. I love this and I think it is very clever. I hope to enjoy reading more of your blog.


  27. Wonderfully fun…thanks and nice to meet you!


  28. Bodhirose says:

    I loved this–so creative! Who can’t relate to getting a tune stuck in their brains going round and round…and round and round–SCREAM!!


  29. Jingle says:

    Thanks for the support.
    love your active role and have fun all the way!


  30. Jingle says:

    “Cognitive itch”—that a son of a bitch,
    could it be God’s call?

    lovely pitch on the work…
    well put.


  31. […] day and it isn’t over. I agree to all conditions and here’s my poem for the rally: https://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/ear-worms-a-poem-for-jingles-poetry-rally/ Have fun, everyone. I may not get to reviews till Saturday but am looking forward to it. […]


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