Posts Tagged ‘Light Verse’

Make Me Laugh Contest – Prompt 1: FOOL (Deadline Jan 10)

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Oh please make me laugh.
Any verse form is cool.
My only proviso:
Include the word “FOOL.”


1: Deadline: Submit your funny verse as comments to my blog post by Saturday, Jan. 10, 10:00 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on my blog shortly thereafter. (Feel free to cross-post your verse as a comment to my Facebook post, as well.)

2: Hashtag & Cross-Posting: If you cross-post your humorous poems on your Twitter, Facebook, or GooglePlus page, please use the hashtag: #MakeMeLaugh.

3: Newsletter: To receive an email alert whenever I post the winners and the new #MakeMeLaugh contest, please email Subject: MadKane’s Newsletter. Thanks!


Fool around with words–
they may lead you into thought,
if you’re listening.

Macaronic Limerick

Monday, April 25th, 2011

First off, this limerick (despite its name) has nothing to do with macaroni. I’m not suffering from Passover pasta-withdrawal. Nor do my dreams (or nightmares) ever feature anything of a noodle nature.

So why the title? I just learned, from the delightfully informative Miss Rumphius, about the rare and usually comic form called macaronic verse. What the heck is macaronic verse? We’re told that it’s a usually absurd and nonsensical “poem in a mixture of two languages, one of them preferably Latin,” and that “the poet usually subjects one language to the grammatical laws of another to make people laugh.”

So naturally I had to try it, mixing legal terms (mostly Latin) in with standard limerick English:

Macaronic Limerick
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The corpus is AWOL. Oh my!
I attest that I left it hereby.
What a bona fide mess.
My mentis has stress.
It’s de facto I mortemed that fly.

(Linked at We Write Poems pairings prompt.)