Spring Limerick Contest Results — And The Winners are…

Thanks to all of you who participated in this, my first limerick writing contest.  (And yes, I’ll be holding these contests regularly.)

The response to my spring limerick contest exceeded my wildest hopes – nearly 60 poems were submitted.  In fact, there were so many wonderful entries — some poignant, some laugh-out-loud funny — that it was hard to select the winners. 

But the voting’s in and the panel has rendered its decision.  Okay, I admit it —  it was a panel of one — me.  Still, I did so much arguing with myself, that it felt like a much larger panel.

I’m awarding a First Prize ($25 in PayPal cash), a Second Prize ($10 in PayPal cash), and five Honorable Mentions.  And the winners are…  

FIRST PRIZE goes to Graham Lester for this lovely limerick:

Blossoms bloom, we’re in love, and it’s Spring!
How delightful, you’re going to sing!
You’re as sweet as a flower,
Yet I’m suddenly sour
As you say, “And now something by Sting. . .”

SECOND PRIZE goes to Bob Dvorak for this fine limerick:

Flight of fancy, my love taking wing
Joins the jaybirds and bluebirds that sing
As the days burgeon long –
Hear my heart beating strong
For my darling. I love you. It’s spring!

And five HONORABLE MENTIONS go to (in no particular order) …

J. E. Pettit:
It’s springtime, which means that my fancy
Is turning to thoughts of my Nancy.
But marry this summer?
I’d have to be dumber;
Her husband would kill us! Too chancy!

hugh t:
Passion’s flames have died down to an ember:
She is April; I’m chill December.
It’s a rather sad thing
To remember one’s Spring
When there’s not much spring left in one’s member.

Richard Stehr:
Through the winter I slog and I schlep,
But in spring there’s a spring in my step.
All the birds are in song,
And I’m singing along
With a throat that is strong…and not strep.

That “Sproing!” that we hear is the sound
As our greenery springs from the ground.
Every Spring, there’s a chance
We’ll get rioting plants,
When their mainsprings get overly wound.

David Franks:
Though it’s cold, I find winter infernal–
Its dim, lifeless stay seems eternal.
Take this hiemal night!
Give me growth, life and light:
My favorite days are the vernal.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to everybody who participated. (You can read all of the entries here.)

And please stay tuned — I’ll be announcing another limerick contest very soon right here in this blog. I should be posting something about it mid-April, just as soon as I get my tax return done. And the topics will be — you guessed it — money and taxes.

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8 Responses to “Spring Limerick Contest Results — And The Winners are…”

  1. newbroom says:

    Not even an honorable mention!

    That certainly is a bummer… :>(

    I’ve failed to get your attention….

    oh well….

    Perhaps I’ll try in the summer!

  2. madkane says:

    Ha, Newbroom! Actually, you posted some lovely poems, which I enjoyed. But they weren’t limericks — five line poems with an AABBA rhyme scheme and a very specific meter. For more information about limericks check out these fine sites: Encyclospeedia Oedilfica and OEDILF.

    I hope to see some limericks from you in my mid-April contest.

  3. mw says:

    Nicely done Ms. Kane. Although I did no place among finalists, I was inspired to compose a spring limerick apropos to kick-off the most recent post on my single-minded blog. Thanks.

  4. madkane says:

    Thanks, MW! I’m glad I could provide a bit of inspiration. And I always enjoy your divided government posts!

  5. Ed Schmidt says:

    My mother was so loving to me
    Den mother to all she would be
    She worked very hard
    Baked biscuits with lard
    And meals a pleasure to see

  6. Larry Asmus says:

    Limerick Trick

    There once was a rhyme scheme Limerick.
    Writing one has made me nearly sick!
    I stare at the clock,
    Due to my writer’s block.
    I need a line quick, to just do the trick!

  7. Larry Asmus says:


    There once was a President “W”.
    Republicans thought him a good fellow too.
    But we had foreign war,
    And debts more and more.
    Don’t any of these problems trouble you?

  8. Larry Asmus says:

    Writer’s Dilemma

    Where foul ‘Bleeps’ are read, wise men fear to tread.
    Wise writers leave “Nantucket” unsaid.
    “Don’t use it”, I’ve heard
    ‘bout the four letter word.
    I’d rather be outspoken and read!