Salon limerick contest

Readers' rhymes on the campaign

By Alex Halperin

Published September 11, 2012 10:40PM (EDT)

This week readers sent up the generally well-reviewed Democratic convention in five line ditties. Here are some of the best submissions:

When Clinton stepped up to the podium

We knew there'd be more than a modicum

Of brilliance and schmaltz

On Republican faults —

And the Mitt camp would need some Imodium.

Shirley Stuart

Berkeley, Calif.


In an effort to boost Mitt’s appeal,

Just what does he choose to reveal:

He likes muffin tops best

And he tosses the rest.

“Vote for Mitt — He wastes food.” What a spiel!

Madeleine Begun Kane

Bayside, Queens, NY


The wealthy gathered in droves,

While to them a hurricane hove.

The public gave not a care,

‘Til an old man and a chair,

Made them long for the days of Karl Rove.

Matt Griffin

Louisville, Ky.


For Obama to win in the fall,

His speechwriter can't drop the ball.

Replace Change and Hope,

With a promise that dope,

Becomes legal and open to all.

Max Brand

Los Angeles


Send your entries to The deadline for next week's contest is 5 p.m. ET Sunday. Please include you name and hometown. Good luck!

Alex Halperin

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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