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A St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest

By Mary Rotman
March 17, 2010 | Comments: 8

Since our limerick contest was such a hit last year, we decided to host it again! The standard form of a limerick is a poem with five lines, with the first, second and fifth lines having nine syllables and rhyming with one another, and the third and fourth lines having five or six syllables and rhyming separately.

Today, we're encouraging you to write a limerick that is either tech-themed or that references O'Reilly Media or one (or more) of our books, conferences, or webcasts. Anything goes, so long as it fits the standard form of a limerick and is a PG rating. We'll run the contest until 11:59pm PDT and then randomly pick three winners tomorrow morning to win a free ebook of their choice.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at the comments from last year's contest. Here's my favorite (for obvious reasons!):

A web-wand'ring flibbertigibbet
saw Rotman's attempt to solicit
a poem - not too naughty -
from all twitterati
and thought "this is one, I'll submit it."

- By Mark O'Mallett

Have fun, and happy St. Patrick's Day!


My faithful random number picker (aka my husband!) gave me the winners this morning, and here they are!

By Gards Flores:

I thought I would throw my hat in and
See if I could land myself a hand
By catching a book
To read to myself
So please consider me and me hand

Looks like you caught yourself a book, Gards! Congratulations.

By Martin Gilmore:

Considering meself whimsical
and ne'er one to be too sensible,
I tried Irish luck
to save me a buck.
Now I find meself despicable.

Whether you see yourself as despicable or not... you just won a book! Congrats, Martin.

By Jerry Tan:

what is it with them web.two.oh sites
cut by those who know their bits and bytes
match.dot.com or spraydate
lavalife or jdate
festering our open sores - love bites

I don't know what up with our "web.two.oh" site, Jerry, but apparently your love for the site paid off -- you're our third winner! Congratulations!

I'll be contacting the winners via a separate email. Thanks so much to all of you who participated! Keep writing those limericks -- I'm sure we'll be back again next year!


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8 Comments

Social networking leverag’d its vertical,
And O’Reilly’s blog found it suit’erble.
Twitted hashed marks,
Snippets and snarks,
TOC came, they jawed, made miracle.

I thought I would throw my hat in and
See if I could land myself a hand
By catching a book
To read to myself
So please consider me and me hand

Today I pre-ordered my iPad,
Having buyers remorse I feel sad,
I know it won't tether,
With my phone in leather,
Once again like a chump I've been had!

There once was a man named van Rossum,
Whose language had beautifully blossomed.
With significant space,
and nary a brace,
'Twas clean and concise and just awesome.

Considering meself whimsical
and ne'er one to be too sensible,
I tried Irish luck
to save me a buck.
Now I find meself despicable.

A Yahoo by the {name:'Douglas Crockford'};
Takes a language dynamic but awkward {
He suggests it would be greater;
with (no)
ternary operator;
}
Making us cringe like fingernails on a chalkboard;

@Foster Lee: ...and I bet that limerick was nicely indented before you submitted it and the whitespace was removed :)

These code geeks can't write a good poem.
Guess someone just might have to show 'em.
Much thanks to O'Reilly,
Their code is so style-y,
But meter and rhyme? They don't know 'em.

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