29 Dec 2022
Sure it's dark, but is it humour?
This poem plays on the idiom "dark abyss" as a metaphor for depression (pronounced /ə'bɪs/), and the hotel chain, Ibis (pronounced /'aibəs/).
In the BBC's 2022 Christmas special of "Motherland", one of the characters mispronounced the hotel chain to rhyme with the void, which got me thinking: why would an Ibis be dark?
Only plausible scenario that came to mind was a power cut, so here's a poem about a depressed man trying to check into a dark Ibis.
I'm pleased with the wordplay, but as of today it's lacking a punchline (or rather, repeats the same punchline 4 times), so I was torn between putting it in the "Dark Humour" collection or the "Dark Poetry" one. Decided it was more humorous than dark, so it got the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I'll come up with a punchline later.