Those Poor Italian Husbands (Limerick)

Those Poor Italian Husbands (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

In Italy, men are bereft:
The economy’s lost all its heft.
They no longer can rent
Second places — they’re spent!
So most have no mistresses left.

My limerick was inspired by this Daily Beast article: The Economic Crisis Makes Infidelity Too Expensive, which quotes an Italian husband, who complained: “It really messed up my romantic life.” (The pitiful fellow had been forced to rent out his bachelor pad in Rome.)

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19 Responses to “Those Poor Italian Husbands (Limerick)”

  1. Mama Zen says:

    Bless their hearts!

  2. Alors! The end of civilization as we know it!

  3. made me laugh… some still have enough tough :)

  4. brian miller says:

    ha. perhaps their calamity
    will be good for their family


  5. Madhumakhi says:

    Hahahaha! Imagine how happy the wives will be :)

  6. Scott Hastie says:

    Hi Madeline, It’s been a while I think since I’ve been here – this is clever, telling and fun and I agree with you – a REAL tragedy – Ha! Ha! Silvi, Silvio – wherefore are thou?? With Best Wishes Scott

  7. Talon says:

    lol – this was brilliant! And probably dead on! :)

  8. Very clever and humorous!

  9. Sumana Roy says:

    so recession has its good side too …….

  10. Panchali says:

    Oh…am still chuckling! Good for the society!! hahaha

  11. Rachel says:

    Hahahaha! Fantastic. :)

  12. Jeep Walters says:

    ;) A wink and a nod to this humorous nudge, Madeleine! Good fun.

  13. kaykuala says:

    Economics is a powerful equalizer obviously! Nicely Madeleine!


  14. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments!

  15. Your limerick is hilarious! But based on a true story, wow — now that is sad.

  16. Ha! La Dolce Vita is not so sweet anymore. Very funny! :)

  17. madkane says:

    Thanks Loredana!