Salon limerick contest

Salon readers rhyme the news

Alex Halperin
December 13, 2012 8:34PM (UTC)

The fiscal cliff loomed large in the poetic imagination this week, also Donald Trump:

We must avoid this oncoming cliff!

Or the question will be "when" not "if".

The nation will slide,

Into the divide,

'Tween reason and the Tea Party shift.

Keith Lehman

Leesburg, Va.



There once was a man named John Boehner

Who worked as an animal trainer.

He confronted the elephant

But his words were irrelevant

He's nuts, but his party's insaner.
Mike Cotler
Maplewood, N.J.


"Forty-seven percenters love 'stuff.'

For you moochers it's never enough.


You welfare rock-bottomites

You smug urban sodomites..."

Oh Mitt.  We know losing is rough.

Caroline Ely

New York


Donald Trump needs a change of careers --

Knocking doors to sell ladies’ brassieres?

Cleaning fast-food grill spatter

Sweeping dogs’ fecal matter…


Oh well -- from my mouth to God’s ears.

Caroline Ely

New York


How old is the earth, do you wonder?

If you’re Marco Rubio you’ll blunder,

“Take the Genesis history -

Scratch my head at the mystery –“

And maybe Iowa won’t put me asunder.”

Cliff Williamson


Born in Ottawa, Ill.

Alex Halperin

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

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