Leonnyes Z to A Challenge: “E” is for Earworms

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Submitted to Leonnyes Z to A Challenge: http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/


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,
you 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 earworms 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.


8 thoughts on “Leonnyes Z to A Challenge: “E” is for Earworms

  1. Amity says:

    Ha ha ha…i mistakenly read it as earthworms…then went back to check, it was earworms…:P

    Me, a hum-bug too…not to earworms, this is a fresh addition to my vocabs…:-)

    But aren’t we humbugs if we love to sing?

    A funny piece Victoria, I wonder where you get all those thoughts so alien to me…thanks for sharing…happy weekend to you!


    • I actually got a lot of the ideas from on-line research. When I first heard the term “earworms” it sparked my curiosity since from time to time they can drive me crazy. There is an amazing amount of study on the subject.


  2. Jingle says:

    love your humor,
    smart take on E…


  3. shalmalee says:

    What a refreshing read that was…witty witty witty 🙂


  4. trisha says:

    i just loved the way you wrote this poem. 🙂


  5. Nanka says:

    OOOPS!! forgot to say that you have a very apt picture too, to go with the “aneurhythms” After reading your lovely take makes me smile !!


  6. Nanka says:

    That was a poem which needs three WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! Such a witty style you have, a dedication to the poor ‘hum-bug’ love this name better than earworms 😀

    Bah humbug!! to them this coming festive season!! 😀


  7. Randy Bachman (Bachman Turner Overdrive) has a program on our CBC in which he provides all sorts of neat stories and insights about the music world. He and his wife, Denise, will occasionally do a program dedicated to Earworms. It takes a brave person to tune in and lay prone to having so many earworms inhabit the consciousness. 🙂 It’s great fun.

    If I am able, I will forward your poem to them – out of interest.


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