New Thoughts on Words
Aging & Attitude
The words limerick and lobbyist make me laugh. A limerick is a nonsense poem that follows a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA). The intent is to be humorous and obscene, many consider a clean limerick an oxymoron. Edward Lear is credited with popularizing the amphibrachic meter.
A limerick needs to be bawdy if not dirty. This video Grandma Sis’s dirty limerick captures the art form wonderfully. Please note the yellow sectional couch wrapped in plastic they are sitting on.
Competing with Grandma Sis is not easy, but I hope my first attempt (using L words) will bring you a chuckle.
There once was a lady who worked in Londonderry
She was lazy, lascivious and ordinary
She dressed in the nude
And was extremely rude
But somehow was paid anyway
Lobbying is the practice of trying to influence decisions made by government officials. President Ulysses S. Grant’s frequent visits to the lobby to enjoy a cigar and brandy popularized the term. The hotel is a short walk from the White House. Washington wheelers and dealers knew where to find him and pay for his drinks.
I have come up with this ditty.
There once was a President who had a hobby
He liked to hang out in the Willard Hotel lobby
When he was there he’d collapse in a chair
Light up a cigar and blow smoke into the air
And listen to political folly
My next limerick hopefully captures more recent shenanigans.
In 1995 Congress strengthened lobby laws
Although compromised, registration still has flaws
With a flick of a pen, Super PAC’s are in
Lobbyist’s spend a fifth of their time drinking gin
We still hear politicians clapping their paws
If you would like to try writing a limerick click here limerick poem.
Please share your efforts in the comments section. It was fun but harder than I thought.