Salon limerick contest

Election post-mortems in five line verse

Published November 21, 2012 4:39PM (EST)

After the election Salon’s poet cavalry wondered what’s next for national politics:


The pundits can’t help be aquiver,

At the words of a man who delivers,

The data he crunches,

To ruin our hunches,

The new Anti-Christ is Nate Silver.

Doug Grabowski

Brooklyn, N.Y.


Barrack’s still commander in chief.

And each side will need time to debrief.

Will they work ‘cross the aisle?

Or continue hostile?

Time will tell if they change their motif.

Stephen Whitred

Barriere, B.C., Canada


The wealthy are starting to think,

Karl Rove's got his own Kool-Aid drink.

While the pundits just sit,

Praying “God won't he quit?”

Turd blossom finally starts to stink.

Chad Parenteau


So we’ve come to this point, as a nation,

Where a white man with money and station,

Is no longer a shoe-in,

So the Right Wing’s now stewin’:

“’Tis the End of Civilization!”

Bruce F. Cole

Kamuela, Hawaii


The Salon limerick contest will take a Thanksgiving hiatus. Next deadline is Sunday Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Send your entries to and enjoy the holiday!

By Alex Halperin

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

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