On the Edge of a Joke

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On the tip of my tongue
a funny thing
is on an edge 

It seems a good thing , I think,
as if a comedian just over a brink
in the no-nonsense universe
of serious laughs 
is set to deliver

But all anticipation feels this way
in the space before a punch line
in the knot between chuckle or groan,
waiting for a laugh or its dark doppelganger
in the world between cozy dream and
I-really-need-to-wake-up-now

Jim Culleny
5/6/18

Thanks to A. R. for his dream which included the line,
“…on the edge of a joke.”