November/December 2013 Limerick Laughs Contest Winner and Runners-Up

Have a laugh, Edward Lear style. Our readers sum up the mischievous antics of Frances Tipton Hunter's choirboys from the 1938 holiday cover in five witty lines.

Choir Boys Will Be Boys by Frances Tipton Hunter

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Choir Boys Will Be Boys by Frances Tipton Hunter

How angelic these little boys look
As they sing from their pretty red book.
But two like to fight
To punch and to bite,
And one has a killer right hook.
— Curt Bench of Salt Lake City, Utah
Congratulations to Curt Bench! For his limerick describing Frances Tipton Hunter’s illustration (right), Curt wins $25—and our gratitude for a job well done. If you’d like to enter the Limerick Laughs Contest for our upcoming issue, submit your limerick via our online entry form.

Of course, Curt’s limerick wasn’t the only one we liked! Here are some of our favorite limericks from our runners-up, in no particular order:

In-choir-ing minds want to know:
Does it matter who struck the first blow?
After punching and kicking,
They both took a licking,
But still sang like angels—bravo!
— Barbara Blanks of Garland, Texas

At nine Sunday morn was a scuffle.
Lil’ Timmy and Joe had a tussle.
By nine-thirty a.m.,
They were choirboys again
And would later decide who had muscle.
— Cindy Cowan of Santa Rosa, California

Their songs on the wings of a dove
Rise up to the heavens above
We all quickly learnt
That angels they weren’t
When one gave another a shove.
— Randy Imwalle of Hilliard, Ohio

Today I can sing as a flute,
And those who do hear have a hoot,
My tooth’s on the ground,
The hole makes a sound,
Now I can both sing and can toot.

Today I do wear a black tie,
I’m glad that it matches my eye,
For colors I know,
Do make a good show,
And that I most surely do try.
— M. Sakran of Porter, Texas

These spirited boys of the choir
Have voices the angels admire,
Which were put on display
During recess today:
“You did too!” “I did not!” “You’re a liar!”
— Jeff Foster of San Francisco, California

They tell us to sing for the crowd,
But Tommy is singing too loud.
I have nothing to bring,
So my gift for the King
Is to sing pa-rum-pa-pum-POW!
—Stephen Bascom of Beverly, Washington

There once was a choir of boys
Whose singing was nothing but noise
Their voices were loud
Yet, their parents were proud
And couldn’t contain all their joys.
— Eileen Owens of Smyrna, Tennessee

In fairness, the minister might
Be blamed for this pititful sight.
He said, “Treat each other
Like sister and brother.”
And you know how siblings will fight.
— Peggy Rodebaugh of Arlington, Texas

There once were two boys from St. Pat
Who had a bit more than a spat
Said one to the other,
“I’ll tell my big brother.”
But Father put a stop to all that.
— Mary Louise Flanneary of Las Vegas, Nevada

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  1. I don’t envy your difficult call
    To choose the best limerick of all.
    But my choice surely was
    By M. Sakran of Texas
    Whose lad could sing, toot AND brawl.

  2. I almost cried when I didn’t win with this obvious “Best of Show”!!

    An angel face with
    one black eye

    A patched up head
    on the other guy

    Heavenly voices singing
    “Silent Night”

    While each little kid
    thinks he won the fight

    But each will claim
    he didn’t cry

  3. Actually, mine was the best!

    “Angelic they are in the choir.
    Can I believe my eyes?
    I reckon I’m seeing a shiner.
    Now I know
    They are angels in disguise.”

  4. I would like to know why I did either win or get mentioned. Exactly what were you looking for that the above limricks had that mine didn’t?

    There once was a choir of boys
    That would rather be playing with toys
    They sang soft and sweet
    at a Sunday retreat
    But on Monday their fists made more noise.

    What’s so lousy about that


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