The staff of the Post is pleased to announce the winner of the Jul/Aug Limerick Laughs Contest, Karen Davis of Camden, Arkansas! For her poem describing the picture to the left, Karen wins $100—and our gratitude for a job well done. If you’d like to enter the Limerick Laughs Contest for our Nov/Dec issue, you can submit your limerick via the entry form here. Now, without further ado, here is Karen’s masterpiece:
While Big Mike was getting a tan
His son got the watering can.
He tipped it and poured it.
Dad snuffled and snorted.
Mom laughed while the little boy ran.
Of course, Karen’s limerick wasn’t the only one we liked! Here are some of our favorite runners-up, in no particular order:
I’m sure that mom carefully chooses
The playthings her little son uses.
But here there’s no doubt
Dad soon will find out
That he who snoozes, loses.
—Eleanor Stratton, Dubln, Ohio
In Mom’s garden the weeds will be gone,
But she said I could water the lawn.
I’ll just give Dad a spray
’Cause it’s hot anyway,
But he may soon utter more than a yawn!
—Virginia R. Wilson, Port Orange, Florida
He had planned a long bask in the sun,
But his boy thought he’d rather have fun.
Though his dad was asleep,
That cold splash made him leap,
And his nap in the sun was all done.
—Mary C. Ryan, Bradford, Pennsylvania
It is clear that the man who lies sunning
Has a son who is bored but quite cunning.
With his face-soaking deed
(And himself in the lead)
He is bound to get Dad up and running!
—Belva D. Sheaf, Pittsford, New York
The family summer vacation
Was spent in backyard recreation.
While Mom planted flowers
Dear Junior sprayed showers
And Dad woke with a “What in tarnation…?!”
—Roberta Nottingham, Greenville, South Carolina
It was such a very small chore
That turned out to be a big bore.
So instead of the flowers
He directed the showers
To where there was more fun in store.
—Edward R. Harvey, The Villages, Florida
When Mom plants and waters her flowers
It seems to have magical powers.
So I’ll try it on Dad,
And I know he’ll be glad,
After all, he’s been sleeping for hours.
—Dorothy Braisted, Staten Island, New York
Dad’s chores for the day were all done.
He chose a short snooze in the sun.
While Mom potted flowers
With no thoughts of showers
Dad’s snooze was rained out by his son!
—Burton Longenbach, Hingham, Massachusetts
From the look on kid’s face I surmise
Dad’s in for a real big surprise.
When hot under the collar
He’s liable to holler
Some words his son won’t recognize.
—Joan Verdeal, Adrvada, Colorado