A Limerick A Day – Day 26 – Pop Culture

Today’s post is a special treat — a guest post by a friend and fellow poet/punster, Gary Hallock.

Gary HallockHe’s best known around town as the producer and emcee of Austin’s O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship, the annual punslinging event that happens here each May.

Gary’s also a father, so he created a few limericks based on his own experience with Pop culture…

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 Shuttle Busted

This wasn’t a part of my plan:
To drive kids around in a van,
But I’m the knight errant
Transporting transparent
I am the invisible man.

©2013 Gary Hallock

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Failure to Launch

I watched my young son as he slumbered,
My days as a father were numbered;
Was not aware he
Would bounce back to me —
Who, with him, remains still encumbered.

©2013 Gary Hallock

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A Limerick A Day – Day 25 – Whither the Weather?

©2013 CEStankiewicz all rights reserved

(Top image: where I live. Bottom image: everywhere else.)

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, Spring has visibly sprung ’round these parts and it’s hard to imagine living anywhere that’s cold and snowy right now. If you’re one of those unfortunate souls in the Midwest or East who just got dumped on by Mother Nature, my heart goes out to you. It really does. So I won’t post — as I had originally intended — a limerick about my garden, where the green beans are vining and the tomato plants are sporting big yellow blossoms and a few small fruits. Nope. That would just be…well…cold.

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Here in Texas, nice, warm temps I’m noting,
While across the Midwest clouds are coating
All you poor folks with snow,
It’s a shame — yes, I know —
And I honestly swear I’m not gloating.

Though your weather right now is a bummer,
Turning cold toes and nose even number,
You just know you’ll feel better
When sweatier weather
Visits Texas and stays through the summer.

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©2013 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz

A Limerick A Day – Day 23/24 – Bracketology

In case you haven’t noticed, March Madness is upon us, which means that brackets are all some people can think about. Your coworkers, for instance, have probably spent countless hours strategizing their picks and have serious money riding on the outcome.

For those of us less basketball-oriented, there are other options for friendly competition. A year ago, I stumbled upon this bracketology book at my local Goodwill. I’d meant to give it to a friend who’s a big sports and trivia (and sports trivia) fan, but ended up keeping it for myself. It’s highly entertaining, with brackets for all sorts of subjects, including all-time best animation characters, guitar solos, plastic surgery disasters, Samuel L. Jackson films and women’s underwear. (In the end, thongs narrowly lost out to underwire bras.)

As a logophile, I count the following contests from the book among my favorites, though I don’t necessarily agree with the resulting winners — the em dash, for instance, didn’t even make it to the Sweet Sixteen of the Punctuation Playoffs.  Sheesh.

(Click on pics to see larger, more legible views.)

SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS:

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PUNCTUATION:

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SCRABBLE WORDS:

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March Madness, while still just beginning,
Seems so silly, it sets my head spinning;
I’ve got better things yet
On which I could bet
(Though right now I wish my team were winning).

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©2013 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz