Archive for the ‘Birthday Verse’ Category

What Would I Do Without Google? (Limerick)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

GOOGLE Search,” you’re my substitute brain.
You don’t mind if my quest is mundane.
Arcane queries don’t faze.
So is THAT enough praise?
Now please send lots of folks to “MadKane!”

Happy birthday to Google!

Happy Birthday To My Great Husband Mark (Limerick)

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

Happy birthday, dear hubby! Have fun!
You’re the best husband under the sun!
And PLEASE don’t feel stiffed,
But this lim’rick’s my gift.
(Aren’t you happy you wed a “Begun?”)

Birthday Limerick For My Dear Brother, Arthur

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

It’s your birthday, dear brother, so try
To have fun. (Maybe even get high.)
And I also must say
On this wonderful day:
How dare you be younger than I!

Birthday Limerick For Hubby Mark

Friday, July 9th, 2021

Here’s a birthday limerick for my husband Mark, in response to his joking (I hope) query: “Mad, it’s my Birthday, and I’m feeling a bit down, so would it be OK if I visited our local ecdysiast?”

Happy birthday to Mark! You’re the best!
Though you’re old, you still live life with zest.
I am joking, of course;
If you’re old, I perforce
Am antique. (So no dancers undressed!)

Another Limerick Ode To “International Nagging Day” (August 14)

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

It’s Nagging Day. Please don’t applaud
All those prodders who act like they’re god,
As they talk themselves hoarse:
“Go do this!” “Take that course!”
Here’s a thought: one-way tickets abroad.

Happy International Nagging Day! (August 14)

Happy Birthday To Violinist Yehudi Menuhin

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

The violin prodigy Menuhin
Was so gifted, his genius was genuine.
With a musical prize,
It was rarely unwise
To predict: “It’s not whether, but when you win.”

Happy birthday to violinist Yehudi Menuhin, born April 22, 1916.

Barbed Limerick

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Happy birthday to barbed wire’s inventor, Joseph Farwell Glidden. (Jan. 18, 1813-Oct. 9, 1906)

If you’d like to stop exit or entry,
Barbed wire can act as your sentry.
This invention by Glidden
Blocks people unbidden–
Quite handy for rich, landed gentry.

Dictionary Day (Limerick)

Friday, October 16th, 2015

It’s National Dictionary Day, created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday.

I attempt to learn new words each day–
At least one, sometimes two, but they stray;
Seems as new words are learned,
The old ones are spurned:
“You’re evicted!” those brain-hoggers bray.

Happy Limerick Day (and Edward Lear’s Birthday) (May 12)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

My lim’rick obsession’s severe;
I write rhymes night and day ev’ry year.
My addiction is brutal.
Resistance is futile…
And I warrant the fault lies with Lear.

Happy birthday, Edward Lear, and Happy Limerick Day!

Limerick Ode To Aviation Day (August 19)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Limerick Ode To Aviation Day
By Madeleine Begun Kane

On this day, aviation shines bright;
Brother Orville, a father of flight,
Gets a birthday ovation
By prez proclamation.
Those who think today’s special are (w)right.

(December 17 is Wright Brothers Day.)

A Birthday Limerick for my Husband Mark

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A birthday limerick for my wonderful husband Mark, who turns an undisclosed age today:

Happy birthday, dear hubby — you’re old,
Although younger than I, truth be told.
No need for debate —
There is NO better mate.
So how do I know this? I polled.

Ambrose Bierce, A Limerick Birthday Ode (Born June 24, 1842)

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Ambrose Bierce, A Limerick Birthday Ode
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Who the devil is Ambrose G. Bierce?
An author whose insights were fierce.
Each satirical lap
Keenly cut through the crap
With panache, as our foibles he’d pierce.

Limerick Ode To The Nickel

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Happy birthday to the nickel, born May 16, 1866

Limerick Ode To The Nickel
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Our nation first minted the nickel
On the 16th of May. Here’s our pickle:
That coin’s out of tricks–
Born in 1866,
Now its value is down to a trickle.

Yet Another Limerick Day Ode to Edward Lear

Monday, May 12th, 2014

It’s Limerick Day, in honor of Edward Lear’s birthday on May 12th, and so…

Yet Another Limerick Day Ode to Edward Lear
By Madeleine Begun Kane

On May 12th I must celebrate Lear,
Though he’s mostly to blame, it is clear,
For my rhyming affliction
And lim’rick addiction;
I’m perversely a fan, so I cheer.

Limerick Ode To Roget’s Thesaurus

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Limerick Ode To Roget’s Thesaurus
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Serenade, sing, belt out, croon in chorus:
Happy Birthday to Roget’s Thesaurus,
Sterling word-meister’s brew,
Published Eighteen-Five-Two
In late April. The tome is a Taurus!

(Dr. Peter Mark Roget released his ground-breaking English-language word reference book, Roget’s Thesaurus, to the public on April 29, 1852.)

Just Deserts (Limerick)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Just Deserts (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“It’s home-made” is just one of those lines
Often used after everyone dines,
And they’re serving dessert.
That’s when guests ought not blurt:
“Tell the truth; it’s a mix — ‘Duncan Hines.'”

Happy birthday to Duncan Hines — author, food critic, and founder of the company that bears his name. (March 26, 1880 – March 15, 1959)

(You might think that I use mixes; I couldn’t possibly comment.)

Birthday Ode to Alexander Graham Bell

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Happy birthday Mr. Bell! (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922)

Birthday Ode to Alexander Graham Bell (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Happy birthday, dear Alex Graham Bell.
As the telephone’s father, you’re swell.
I shall try not to hold
You to blame for the cold
Way we’re tortured by phone voicemail hell.

Limerick Ode To The ZIP Code

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Happy birthday to the ZIP Code, born fifty years ago, on July 1, 1963.

Limerick Ode To The ZIP Code
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Today is the birthday of ZIP Codes–
Those digital sort and then ship codes
That help us get mail,
Which they’re now calling “snail.”
With email, these aren’t such hip codes.

Limerick Ode To Charles Dickens

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) And happy Charles Dickens Day!

Limerick Ode To Charles Dickens
By Madeleine Begun Kane

What day is today? The plot thickens:
It’s the birthday of author Charles Dickens,
Whose serial fiction
(For some an addiction)
Never suffered from slim verbal pickin’s.

Happy Birthday, Calvin Coolidge! (Limerick)

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Happy Birthday to President John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933)

Limerick Ode To Calvin Coolidge
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Calvin Coolidge — a man of few words:
He thought garrulousness for the birds.
But the ones that he spoke
Were quite pointed. No joke!
If just two words would do, then no thirds.