A Limerick A Day – Day 27/28 – Is Spring Awesome? It’s Snot.

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Spring in the Texas Hill Country brings balmy weather and bluebonnets, bleary eyes and beet-red noses. It’s allergy time, after all, thanks to the lovely trees and flowers that grace our landscape and produce pollen by the pound. It’s really a shame, because the weather’s just so wonderful right now — but if you’re an allergy sufferer in Austin, it’s anything but enjoyable.

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Wendi Aarons is not allergic to cats.

Wendi Aarons is not allergic to cats.

 

This month’s second guest post/collaboration comes courtesy of the lovely, talented and sniffly Wendi Aarons. She’s a friend, a fellow blogger, a Mouthy Housewife and co-producer of Listen To Your Mother Austin.

Like me, Wendi is an allergy sufferer and none too happy about it. Below you’ll find her latest complaint in verse. (Here’s the NSFW version.)

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There’s a tiny tickle in my nose;
Of allergies I’m in the throes.
Cedar and oak?
Hardly a joke,
When you’re sneezing from head to toes.

So hit me up with nasal spray,
Pills and shots — even Ben-Gay.
I long to breathe
And feel at ease;
It’s a-pollen to live this way.

©2013 Wendi Aarons

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Allergies suck; I’m one who knows
how noses flow and suffer woes.
Like you, I take issue
with needing a tissue
so often — this season just blows.
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©2013 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz

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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?

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(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