Limerick Challenge - Last Day to Enter!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we invite you to try your hand at writing a limerick!  The three best submissions will each win a child-size T-shirt from our friends at Hairy Baby Clothing Company.  Post your submission as a comment below this blog post.  All entries must be submitted by Friday, March 20, 2015 with winners announced in our newsletter on Sunday, March 22.


1.  The limerick must be original, not copied from another author.  Of course, it's acceptable to work with a partner (especially if that partner is the little guy/girl who will be wearing the shirt!

2.  The three winning limericks will be chosen by The Wild Geese editors.  They will be judged on cleverness and adherence to the limerick format.  This involves some subjective judgement. 

3.  For the purposes of this contest, the Limerick format is: A poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming. The third and fourth lines have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other.   (We realize that there are also conventions about rhythm, but we're not going to be too picky there!)  If you're a novice, here is an article that might help you get started: How to Write a Limerick.

4.  Any topic is acceptable, but let's it keep it rated "PG."  

We can't wait to read your limericks.  Let's see what you've got, Wild Geese ...

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Tags: Limerick, Poetry, St. Patrick's Day

Comment by Caela Anne Provost on March 17, 2015 at 11:24am

"Irish Journey" -By: Caela Provost

There once lived a woman from "Mass",

Who crossed the sea for a Master's class.

Limerick bequeathed her degree,

She found work at UCC,

Though, of course, she still cheers for "The Pats"!

Comment by Brendan Hamilton on March 17, 2015 at 4:09pm

The New York Mutt

Sure, my Paddy credentials seem plastic,

For the blood of a Yankee's elastic.

I'm a Swedish McScot,

More Italian than not,

But 100% I'm sarcastic.

Comment by Michael Henry Carroll on March 18, 2015 at 9:07am

There once was a woman named Hill

And yes, she was married to Bill

She kept her own phone

Used a server from home

Now her chances of running are nil

Comment by margaret campbell on March 19, 2015 at 9:07am

  There once was a man named Terry Mcgraw 

  He had so much dandruff he scratched his head raw

  He tried every cure

  But couldn't endure

  Last I heard he had scratched with a buzz saw

Comment by Sherry Weaver Smith on March 20, 2016 at 12:13am

"Following Wildlife Preservation Advice" by Sherry Weaver Smith

A man cracked open the garden gate

So spring hedgehogs could find a mate.

A creature trekked a mile.

Hoglets brought a smile.

But the man's wife's toes met an ill fate. 

Comment by Gerry Regan on March 21, 2016 at 9:30am

Yikes! Do they make a delicious morsel for those creatures?

Comment by Sherry Weaver Smith on March 21, 2016 at 10:08am

The hedgehogs are spiky, and she accidentally steps on them--having no idea of her husband's efforts to broaden the population. Or that is what I'm imagining. 


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