May/June 2015 Limerick Laughs Winner and Runners-Up

Congratulations to Paul Madsen of Columbia Heights, Minnesota!

Ran out of ice cream at children's picnic

Out of Ice Cream
Amos Sewell
June 27, 1953

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Ran out of ice cream at children's picnic

From accounts it was easy to tell,
The party was going quite well.
But amidst all the fun,
When the ice cream was done.
Things wouldn’t be quite so swell.

—Paul Madsen, Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Congratulations to Paul Madsen! For his limerick describing Amos Sewell’s illustration Out of Ice Cream (above), Paul 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, Paul’s limerick wasn’t the only one we liked! Here are some of our favorite limericks, from our runners-up, in no particular order:

Where could the ice cream have gone—
The dessert they depended upon?
Because of bad luck it
Fell out of the bucket,
And sweetened the grass on the lawn.

—Anna Lee Brendza, New Philadelphia, Ohio

Though she thought she had plenty to spare,
And, if not, that no one would care;
So she didn’t perceive
Just how children would grieve
Over cake without ice cream … not fair!

—Larry Mann, Danville, Virginia

Her job was to act as the scooper
Of ice cream. She thought she’d do super.
The ice cream ran short
By less than a quart.
Oh, what a misfortunate blooper!

—Neal Levin, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Though you may plot or plan or scheme—
There is no worse recurring theme…
Than the demanding ids—
Of too many kids—
And not enough scoops of ice cream!

—Harry Zankman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My party was over too soon!
A wonderful birthday in June!
But I just had to cry
When my mother came by.
No ice cream was left for my spoon!

—Jolene Feher, Spokane, Washington

That poor little girl did scream,
When mommy ran out of ice cream.
They ran to the store
And brought home some more
Now everyone’s calm and serene.

—Donald Johnson, Spanaway, Washington

There once was a tragic mistake
That anyone might possibly make.
It saddened the day
When it turned out that they
Ran out of ice cream before cake!

—Joe McMann, Katy, Texas

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