Christian Morgenstern

                         Korf's Joke

Korf has invented a new kind of joke:
The point comes only many hours after.
All listen to them with disdain and boredom.

But like the light that shineth in the darkness
They rouse you from your slumbers wildly gurgling,
Holding your sides and laughing like a drain.

                              German; trans. R.F.C. Hull

Christian Morgenstern, German, trans. R.F.C. Hull.