May 16th 2018 07:34 am Sheer Poetry

Back when I was in the newspaper biz—I mean really in the newspaper biz—there wasn’t anything that would cause a would-be contributor to be more roundly laughed at than a submission of poetry. The editor would pass it around for all in the newsroom to “appreciate,” and, accompanied by a murmur of snickers, the hapless attempt would be dropped from ceremonious height into the round file. Newspaper editors hate poetry. They regard it as a waste of font. Now, as a syndicated newspaper cartoonist, I surreptitiously sneak poetry into newspapers with regularity. Reporters, you see, have a rebellious nature. I probably should not include Limericks, though. Every good newspaper person knows a few good Limericks. I can’t repeat them here.

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16 Responses to “Sheer Poetry”

  1. dave on 16 May 2018 at 7:41 am #

    Come on Jimmy! This is the internet. If you can’t repeat it here, where can you repeat it?

  2. Mark in TTown on 16 May 2018 at 7:56 am #

    I second dave’s motion! But don’t waste the ones you want to put into the strip.

  3. sandcastler™ on 16 May 2018 at 7:58 am #

    It’s the internet, no need to repeat when a link will do the job.

  4. John II in Gautier on 16 May 2018 at 8:35 am #

    There once was a ……..

  5. emb on 16 May 2018 at 9:24 am #

    man from Nantucket …

  6. Mark in TTown on 16 May 2018 at 10:35 am #

    but as for the bucket

  7. Mark in TTown on 16 May 2018 at 10:37 am #

    There once was a farmer from Leeds,
    Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
    It soon came to pass,
    He was covered with grass,
    But has all the tomatoes he needs.

  8. emb on 16 May 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Two eggs at Chesapeake osprey nest. No limerick springs to mind.


  9. DJJG7 on 16 May 2018 at 10:57 am #

    Lots of Jimmy’s poetry is in limerick form—I wonder why. His post here had me look up that is it named after the city of Limerick. I could not have told that.

  10. TruckerRon on 16 May 2018 at 11:47 am #

    Some cartoonists use haiku. I prefer limericks!

  11. DJJG7 on 16 May 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    Haiku seems a little harder: the five-seven-five syllable structure, the serious focus on nature. Limericks are lighter—and the anapests fit English so well.

    Lovely Piazolla clarinet piece you gave us the URL to in the previous post!

  12. TruckerRon on 16 May 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Here’s a prank that fooled people into calling the cops:

    The cops loved it!

  13. TruckerRon on 16 May 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    And here’s dramatic footage of the fleeing car wrecking (cops had called off the chase long before), overturning a semi’s trailer, and the perps being arrested:

    I feel very sorry for the trucker who was minding his own business.

  14. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 16 May 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    I could not find the originator of this classic description of [problematic] limericks:

    “The lim’rick packs laughs anatomical
    Into space which is most economical
    But the good ones I’ve seen
    So seldom are clean
    And the clean ones so seldom are comical.”

    If you google it, you will find a lot of names associated with this doggerel.

  15. Sideburns on 16 May 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    “The limerick form is complex,
    It’s topics speak mostly ’bout sex.
    It burgeons with virgins,
    And masculine urgin’s,
    And sundry erotic effecx.”

  16. DJJG7 on 16 May 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    These poems that we all call limericks
    Are seldom much more than just gimmricks.
    With serious thought
    They seldom are fraught.
    But Jimmy’s are always good whim tricks.