Salon limerick contest

Readers write funny poems about the presidential election

By Alex Halperin

Published October 17, 2012 4:59PM (EDT)

Salon's legion of poets take on Paul Ryan, Jack Welch and Joe Biden's smile:


His smile was big, wide and sparkly.

His tone was disdainful and snarky.

But like him or not,

Joe Biden was hot,

And didn’t put up with malarky!

Douglas McMillan

Sedgwick, Maine


Jack Welch, it would seem, has decided,

That the B-L-S should be derided.

He thinks they conspired,

To inflate numbers hired.

But sane people think he's misguided.

Mike Moulton

Gainesville, Fla.


Debating Paul Ryan, Joe won.

Moreover, he won by a ton:

Tough and energized, quick,

Biden pierced Ryan’s schtick.

Prez. Obama, now THAT’S how it’s done.

Madeleine Begun Kane
Bayside, Queens, N. Y.

Send your entries to The deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday to accomodate the final presidential debate. Please include your name and hometown. Good luck!


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