Limerick of the Week (97) (Updated)

It’s time to announce the latest Limerick of the Week based on submissions (on this blog and on Facebook) in last week’s Limerick-Off.

Congratulations to Kirk Miller, who wins Limerick of the Week for this funny verse:

“There’s a raven that’s dead down below,”
Said the vulture. The eagle said, “No,
You are wrong as can be.”
So they flew down to see,
And the vulture was forced to eat crow.

(Please note that Kirk’s limerick technically violates my rules, by using my first line as his last line. But I liked his limerick so much, I chose it anyway.)

Congratulations to Robert Basler, who wins this week’s Facebook Friends’ Choice Award for this limerick:

A woman refused to eat crow
Or haggis, or broiled escargot.
The quite picky maven
Said, “Once I ate raven,
But never again! Never-mo!”

And congratulations to these Honorable Mention winners (in random order) Sue Dulley, Chris Doyle, Kathy El-Assal, Jamie Hutchinson, Jane Shelton Hoffman, and Steve Earp. Here are their respective Honorable Mention limericks:

Sue Dulley:

A baker refused to eat crow
For letting her business run low:
The bread wouldn’t rise
To a suitable size
Cuz the banker had frozen her dough.

Chris Doyle:

A caterer never ate crow
Though she served an hors d’oeuvre that caused woe.
Her “caviar emptor”
Was ruled to exempt her
If customers upchucked the roe.

Kathy El-Assal:

Ann Coulter refused to eat crow,
Finding left-wing critique oh-so-faux.
She just doubled down,
Knowing Fox News renown
Was the source from whence fortune would flow.

Jamie Hutchinson:

A blowhard who wouldn’t eat crow
Was convinced he was someone you’d know—
So much that he coughed
An objection (though soft)
When the coroner tagged him “John Doe.”

Jane Shelton Hoffman:

A woman would frequently crow:
“Plastic surgery’s THE way to go.”
But her skin was so tight
She could not smile or bite.
And when folks saw her breasts, they’d say, “Whoa!”

Steve Earp:

A raven was mocked by a crow:
“You don’t know Mark Twain from van Gogh.”
But the crow could have cried
When the raven replied,
“Have you been the subject of Poe?”

Congratulations again to all the winners for your wonderful limericks. And thanks to everyone for your fun submissions.

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8 Responses to “Limerick of the Week (97) (Updated)”

  1. Oooohhhhh!!! We’re allowed to reposition the first line and make it the last line? I didn’t realise that!

    That’s a very clever limerick!

  2. madkane says:

    I just updated my post to add this comment:

    “(Please note that Kirk’s limerick technically violates my rules by using my first line as his last line. But I liked his limerick so much, I chose it anyway.)”

  3. Gary Hallock says:

    I like the fact that Madeline offers us several variations on her set-up line but inevitably it becomes restrictive is you need to use that particular line for your “punch” as Kirk did. On the other limerick game where Kirk and I usually play, the set-up specifies “Write a limerick, one of whose lines are…” This allows quite a bit more flexibility to the authors but it’s never less entertaining or challenging.

  4. Jane Hoffman says:

    Thanks for the honorable mention and congrats to all!!! Working with the word crow was so much fun, and it shows in the many clever limericks this time.

  5. Bob Dvorak says:

    Gary Hallock, how could you have missed
    Putting ALL of your friends on that list?
    I know that my mind
    Every week’s not inclined.
    But omission of me leaves me pissed.

    (Not really, Gary. Just had to pen a lim to note the…
    Scribbled this out in about 30 seconds and it’s not worth trying to correct the flaw.)

  6. madkane says:

    Gary Hallock, I do agree that that other contest (which I also participate in once in a blue moon) does offer the variety associated with flexible line placement. But in my defense, I find that the other contest’s rhyme word choice tends to offer relatively few rhymes, seriously limiting word choice variety.

    I really try hard to pick words that have lots of rhymes. And I also allow changes to the actual sentence, provided the rhyme word is maintained.

    Question for all: Do people think I should add the option of using my first line in line 2 or 5?

  7. JulesPaige says:

    I’ve been questioned before as to how folks running their blogs should change. The ultimate fair response it “It is your house your rules” and if someone wants to play elsewhere – so be it. You don’t need to change what you are comfortable with.

    I just enjoy reading and throwing my bit in the mix. Though I’m still never quite sure if I’m ‘write’ – but that’s not the point is it? Your rules are flexible enough. Leave them be. I confuse too easily.

  8. madkane says:

    Thanks so much for your input, Jules!