There once was a contest for limericks
By TIM ENGLE
The Kansas City Star
Asking readers to send us their rhyme tricks.
Theres a theme, you see,
Its Kansas Ci-ty.
Just try it: Well publish our top picks.
Yes, for St. Patricks Day one month from today, FYI honors that unique form of Irish poetry with a Kansas City Limerick Contest. No doubt you can do better than our sample limerick.
Now on to the nitty-gritty:
• The limericks should have something to do with KC (too bad we dont live in Nantucket). Your topic might be the KCI airport (one terminal? a thousand?), TV weathercasters, unplowed snowy streets, a mayor named Sly, naked sculptures or your favorite sports team or barbecue joint. Or none of the above. Be creative.
• Keep em (reasonably) clean. But whats a limerick if it isnt funny?
• Limericks refresher course: Five lines. The first, second and fifth lines generally have 8-10 syllables and rhyme. The third and fourth lines usually have 5-6 syllables and rhyme.
• Prizes: Four winners will each receive $25 gift cards.
• Enter by email at email@example.com. Put KC Limericks in the subject line. Include the writers name, city and phone number. Enter as many limericks as you like.
• Deadline for entries: 11:59 p.m. March 3.
Well publish the winners and honorable mentions in FYI and on KansasCity.com around St. Patricks Day. In case you were wondering, the limerick apparently takes its name from the county of Limerick in Ireland, where a group of poets wrote limericks in Irish in the 18th century. (Yours should be in English.)