I'm very honoured to have had my first ever contribution to this site singled out in this way; and I've much enjoyed the other Babylonian verses.
May I post, just for amusement, my own second-string entry, which was probably disqualified as in need of a gloss to give the background. So: we're on the stage of a theatre, where a rather camp director is briefing the actors in a (probably dreadful) thriller called "Babylon".
“Now Sarah, be careful to stab Bill on
Your cue: he says, ‘So, you’ve been gabby, Lon—‘
We must only learn later
That Lonsdale’s the traitor.
Right, boys and girls! Act III of Babylon!”
Yes, I suppose I don't. I go back occasionally (I usually workshop Wordcrafters' limericks), but time is always an issue. Still, since OEDILF developed here on Wordcraft, I consider myself a charter member over there.
Exactly, Stella. BTW, I looked back over a lot of the winning limericks, and while the venue isn't always in the first line (indeed, it's not in Timon's winning limerick!), it usually has been in the A-position. There have been some exceptions, but shall we agree that the venue should be in the A-position, but it doesn't have to be in the first line? I suppose that means that mine was disqualified, rather than being a loser. It makes me feel much better!
What do you want, Proof, to win every time? You and Stella have stolen the show here!
But when I beat Stella, it's like the Gong Show beating The West Wing for an Emmy. You know the system broke down somewhere and the world is closer to Armageddon.
Some people are never happy.
Now, timon, it's your turn. Let's have a new venue to write limericks on!
OK: just give me a short time to think. Since a number of you guys are also OEDILFers, I want also to find one that hasn't already been done there. Back shortly...
Here's the names that have been used so far:
Edited to remove Kehena, add Narnia, Peru, and some unpronouncable Welsh place-name.This message has been edited. Last edited by: <Proofreader>,
I have no idea where I picked up Kehena. I've edited the post to include some others I missed, too.
I’m going to try to write dirtier limericks, which isn’t easy for me as I’ve got a naturally pure mind. Anyway, here I go, limbering up ...
I wandered at night through old Cabul, on
My way to a club to play Scrabble. On
A backstreet a guy
In his shorts took my eye --
He was hung like the gardens of Babylon.
What do you say? Do you think it shows promise?
Here’s to Stella, a New Zealand maid
Who would have us believe she is staid.
Yet she’s looking at sports,
Contemplating their shorts,
And wet-dreaming about getting laid.
In Christchurch, a girl we knew
Was shocked by what filled her view.
We'll never know why
He caught more than her eye
And she'll probly not give us a clue.
This maid of New Zealand so staid
Would not want us to think she’d been laid.
She’ll say she’s a virgin,
Though with little irgin,
You can guess just how much she’ll have strayed.
A show-off caught Stella's sharp eye,
And her limerick now reveals why.
She was nearly exhausted
After being accosted
With her readers exclaiming, "Oh My!!"
But Cabul is in Afghanistan,
And that's where she saw that gross man.
That backstreet affair
Made her stop and stare.
But Babylon's still in her plan.
Let’s not drag Stella’s name thrugh the dirt.
She’s a good girl, although quite a flirt.
Though her crisp repartee
May fill your heart with glee,
Men shall not see what’s under her skirt.
Now, boys, don’t go getting me wrong,
Though it’s true he looked strong in his thong,
I'm really quite sainted
And I would've fainted
To see just how long was his dong.
Here's an interesting factoid - Cabul (ancient Hebrew district in Israel) means "what does not please".
Oh, Proof, I am so glad I showed you the way to OEDILF. You are a natural!
And, yes, Stella, yours shows promise!
Jerry, didn't we have Kehena as one of our limerick words in this game?
I thought we had a Kehena but I couldn't find it again when I re-did the list.
Our friend Mr. Case's son, Justin, asked me to remind Limerick Game Players that Kehena is pronounced like Keh-HEN-ah.
~~~~ Justin Case
I've moved the last three posts in this thread to a new one: Limerick Game: Adelaide.
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
Ode to San Clemente .........
An island whose capital's Avalon,
It's one that few tourists travel on.
The few that do visit
Have no reason, or is it
They're seeking a new rhyme for Babylon ??
[composed while on vacation in Viet Nam in early November, 2008]