Ode To Ted Kennedy (Tribute Limerick)

Most limericks are humorous … or at least meant to be funny. But today I’ve written a serious double limerick to commemorate the life and death of the great Senator Ted Kennedy:

Ode To Ted Kennedy (Tribute Poem)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A Kennedy fondly called Ted
Has, alas, been declared to be dead.
He was loved cross the aisle
And did so much worthwhile
Which is why floods of tears shall be shed.

Teddy worked for the poor and the weak,
The oppressed and the wronged and the meek.
He was proudly progressive,
A lib’ral-obsessive.
Pass health reform — crown Teddy’s streak.

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8 Responses to “Ode To Ted Kennedy (Tribute Limerick)”

  1. Tumblewords says:

    Excellent idea! Excellent limerick!

  2. bless u, mad.

    can’t say enuf about the man and his focus on those who too many would ignore.

    time to coin the phrase: wwtd ? !

    -=+– marty

  3. Lynn says:


    The Senate and Congress needs to ‘man up’ and do what’s right.

    Honor his years of hard work and get something done!

  4. Tom Degan says:

    It has been said too many times that he never lived up to his potential, that he will forever be overshadowed by his two brothers. I disagree. Given the limited time that fate would allow them, their legacies are decidedly eclipsed by their little brother’s. As John Meacham said this morning on the Morning Joe program, “He certainly belongs in the company of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster.” As legislators, Jack and Bobby aren’t even in Teddy’s league. It’s not even close.

    So many “red state Americans” who regarded him with suspicion if not outright hatred, will probably never even realize how much they owe Senator Kennedy. It’s kind of sad that a lot of the people Kennedy worked the hardest for despised him with a passion born of decades of anti-Kennedy propaganda. Nothing was handier for a Republican running in a conservative district than the image of Bogeyman Ted in a campaign ad. It usually worked.


    I wonder how these people would react if tomorrow – just for a day, mind you – every law Teddy Kennedy is responsible for were made null and void. Call it a hunch but I have a strong feeling that more people than you might suspect are going to miss him now that he’s gone.

    Teddy, they hardly knew ye!

    We’re a better country because for seventy-seven years Teddy Kennedy walked amongst us. His impact on the country he loved so much will be felt for generations. The loss his passing means to progressive politics in the United States is incalculable. We need him at this moment in history more than we ever needed him before. It’s so unspeakably sad. He’s gone and he’s not coming back. Now he belongs to the ages.

    In the good old Irish Catholic tradition, tonight I’ll be drinking a toast or two (or twelve) to you, Ted. Sleep well and thanks.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks everyone. I rarely write serious poems, but I just had to write a tribute to Ted Kennedy. And well said, Tom!

  6. Chris says:

    Only a liberal would mourn the death of a murderer.

  7. Chris says:

    A haiku:

    Uh-oh. I just killed
    A girl. Let her die. Need to
    Think of alibi.

  8. madkane says:

    Chris, you’re both tacky and boring.