Salon limerick contest

Readers rhyme the news

By Alex Halperin

Published March 10, 2013 3:00PM (EDT)

Salon readers weigh in on guns in the classroom, Donald Trump and the sequester:


The role of the teacher gets bigger,

In ways that I simply can't figger.

Teach reading and writing,

And make math exciting,

But also be quick on the trigger?

Michael Cotler
Maplewood, N.J.


Bill Maher and The Donald are feuding,

For simian parents alluding.

With ego maligned,

Trump wants Maher fined,

When it's really the apes should be suing.

Bink Olney
Spokane, Wash.


There was a was a dreaded sequestration,

That menaced the fate of our nation.

So with courage and grace,

Congress hastened the pace,

Of their mutual masturbation!

John Gately
Cambridge, MA

Send entries to along with your name and hometown. The deadline is Friday at noon eastern and we’ll publish our favorites on Sunday. Poems may be edited for clarity or scansion. Good luck!

Alex Halperin

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

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