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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Reminder: Limerick Contest Deadline Looms

As I post this, you have just over 72 hours to polish your verse and get it to my Inbox.

This morning finds me musing in verse about the Third Annual LocalCommentary.com Groundhog Day Limerick Contest. (That's a long name, but I don't suppose calling it TALCGDLC would help much.) The deadline for electronic entries -- no one has ever sent any other kind -- is 12:00 noon MST on Tuesday, February 2. You may think it odd that such a contest is not attached to a certain Irish holiday in March, but, believe me, February desperately needs a holiday with whimsy, not just the one devoted to romance. Limericks can only help that cause.


The State of the Union is done.
The Kennedy seat, lost and won.
   It's time now to see
   What the weather will be.
The groundhog's bipartisan fun.

The lim'rick's diminutive size is
Just right, when your levity rises.
   If you write one real soon --
   Before Tuesday at noon --
You may win your choice of cool prizes.

Fair warning is given where due:
A lim'rick's one stanza, not two.
   It must not only scan;
   On its own it must stand!
And if you write an anti-limerick, where the last line deliberately doesn't fit, the judge might think you very clever, but we won't be sending any prizes to you, even if you arrange for the last line to fit the rhyme scheme, as this one would have if I had stopped at -- and still does, because I'm about to repeat -- the word you.

Here are contest details. Enjoy.

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