Limerick In Free-Fall

I rarely write poems about science. But Big Tent Poetry got my juices flowing with this article about astronauts, NASA, and clutter at the International Space Station: Here’s the line that got me going:

There is no up or down in space, so clutter adorns almost every surface and is held in place by duct tape, Velcro and metal clips.

Limerick In Free-Fall
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The Space Station clutter’s appalling.
Objects long to engage in free-falling.
It take Velcro, clips, tape
To prevent their escape:
My hubby’s fav tools — missed his calling.

(More space verse here.)

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31 Responses to “Limerick In Free-Fall”

  1. Mama Zen says:

    How funny! Clearly, they need duct tape!

  2. madkane says:

    Thanks, Mama Zen!

  3. Never has space adopted such a music hall style role play! Very clever!

  4. Nanka says:

    That was wonderfully done and created a funny imagery too!! :D

  5. Olivia says:

    lolsssssssss Very clever :)

  6. Vinay says:

    stunning :D very clever humor this, Madeleine.. loved it…

    Vinay @ I Rhyme Without Reason

  7. Magda says:

    Very nice,,,funny too.Cute limerick with a twist and it holds a lot of truth lol.

  8. Amusing take on the topic of space. Duct tape, to the rescue!

  9. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone. I’m glad you enjoyed my Space Station limerick!

  10. Conjures up some great images!

  11. madkane says:

    Thanks, vivienne!

  12. DIY astronauts -good idea. Enjoyed that.

    My first time at Big Tent so I’m being moderated. You’ll find mine here.

  13. brenda w says:

    Nicely done! I always love a limerick…playful, fun….smart!

  14. Linda says:

    I’m visualizing all those objects circling —nice to think of solutions!

  15. Laurie Kolp says:

    I love this one. Did you know duct tape comes in all colors and with decorative patterns now?

  16. thingy says:

    Haha! The many uses of duct tape. Terrific limerick. : )

  17. pamela says:

    I got a good laugh out of this, Madeleine.

  18. Jingle says:

    super brilliant wording.

    love it.

    here is mine:
    When Science Becomes Political


  19. Steve Isaak says:

    LOL, relatable – from a familial aspect – work.

  20. Versebender says:

    They may need duct tape on the space station, but your limerick sure doesn’t…it holds together nicely on it’s own. Last line is very, very clever. Vb

  21. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your enthusiastic comments!

  22. Kavita says:

    hahahah…now that was clever of you, Madeleine..getting inspired from that one line there! Awesome!! :D

  23. Deb says:

    What caught you caught me. So glad you limericked it! Terrific. :-)

  24. Tumblewords says:

    It holds together wonderfully well! :)

  25. jinksy says:

    That space limerick rocks! LOL

  26. Mike Patrick says:

    Wonderful limeric. Duct tape is the universal tool. It can fix anything.

  27. Every surface dirty? Not a pretty thought. And a limerick with duct tape – never thought I would see one.

  28. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your lovely comments!

  29. witty word play.
    keep it up.

  30. madkane says:

    Thanks, Jingle!