Limerick Dry Run (The Evolution of a Limerick)

When I’m looking for limerick ideas, I sometimes visit idiom list sites, like this one. Then I’ll select an idiom that might work meter-wise and that ends with a common rhyme sound.

And so today, I challenged myself to write a limerick that contains the phrase “dry run.” Unconsciously inspired, perhaps, by the inept roll-out of Obamacare, I wrote these two lines:

A software firm held a dry run
But the coding, alas, wasn’t done…

I swiftly thought up an acceptable “B-rhyme,” but then got stuck at line 5. The best I could come up with was an ending that employed yet another idiom: “under the gun.” But I still couldn’t think of a line 5 that was even slightly clever.

And then I got an idea: create some wordplay by revising another line, adding specificity to the subject matter. Here’s the result:

Limerick Dry Run
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A software firm held a dry run,
But the arms-tracking code wasn’t done.
It failed test after test,
Till the owner confessed:
“I’m too stressed to work under the gun.”

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6 Responses to “Limerick Dry Run (The Evolution of a Limerick)”

  1. Dai says:

    A software firm held a dry run
    But the coding, alas, wasn’t done
    Thus windows eight
    Was buggy and late
    But Microsoft still made a ton

  2. thanks for sharing this insight into your thought process. very interesting, and very sadly appropriate.

  3. Thanks for sharing! So witty…and sad.

  4. Yoiks. I feel under the gun and stressed too. This made me smile – if painfully!

  5. Sumana Roy says:

    love the wit…and so true!!