Last year we asked people to send

The BDN a limerick, or ten

All in correct meter

We asked you, our dear readers,

To pick up a paper and pen

In March it is custom, it’s thought

To feel Irish, even if you are not

And you wrote us some verse,

Some better, some worse,

And we picked the best ones that we got

So we’d like you to try it again

Send a poem to us, if you can

We’d prefer them all ages

No swears in our pages

But that’s the only topic we ban

Get creative — feel free to expound

About matters trivial and profound

Limericks should be fun

And clever with puns

And have the right rhyme scheme and sound

We’ll publish them St. Patrick’s Day

And our readers can then have their say

You can vote for the best

That shines over the rest

Lunch at Geaghan’s is how we’ll repay

So get cracking! You’ve got the next week

To show off your poetic technique

There’s five lines to work with

We ask you, Maine wordsmiths

To wow us with limericks unique

The rules

• You can send up to three limericks, along with your full name, hometown and phone number. Limericks may be submitted online, or by mail postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 13, sent to Limerick Contest ℅ Bangor Daily News, 491 Main St. Bangor 04401.

• They must be in the correct meter and rhyme scheme: five lines, with an AABBA rhyme scheme, in an anapestic rhythm. Any limericks that are submitted without those three elements will be disqualified.

• Limericks must be PG-rated — sadly, no dirty limericks, as we are a family newspaper — and any poems that use profanity or R-rated language will be disqualified.

• The deadline for submissions is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15. The qualifying limericks will be published in the Bangor Daily News for the Saturday, March 17, edition.

• The winner of the limerick contest will be decided in a reader vote that will run from the evening of Friday, March 16, through the morning of Monday, March 19. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Geaghan’s Restaurant & Pub in downtown Bangor.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.