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Bangor Daily News offering St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest

By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff

The luck of the Irish is catching

On St. Patrick’s Day everyone’s matching

With green clothes and boiled dinner

You could be a winner

With a limerick — grab a pen and start scratching

The limerick has five lines of rhymes

In specific meter and time

With jokes and some verses

But please, leave out curses

A victor we’ll pick just in time

Please send us your poem post-haste

And your efforts will not go to waste

So get a head start

By the 15th of March

And you might find yourself in first place

Your taste buds are in for a treat

Paddy Murphy’s has a prize that’s real neat

If you are the winner

They’ll treat you to dinner

at the pub — now that’s pretty sweet

So please try to make us all laugh

The BDN readers and staff

Give the Blarney a kiss

And then make a wish

That your poem won’t come in dead last

If that poem wasn’t clear, the Bangor Daily News is offering a St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest. We want our readers to send us a limerick celebrating just about anything — the holiday, the great state of Maine, the incoming spring weather, whatever tickles your fancy.

Limericks, for the uninitiated, are short, witty, five-line rhyming poems that have their origins in 19th century Ireland and Britain. A Limerick follows a strict aabba rhyme scene. The first two and last lines have three syllabic beats, and the third and fourth have two syllabic beats. They are traditionally supposed to contain lots of wordplay, alliteration, internal rhyme and puns. They also are traditionally supposed to be a bit bawdy and even obscene, but for the BDN contest, we’re asking your limericks to stay well within a PG rating. We’d also like them to stay relatively upbeat — no political attacks or mean-spirited poems. We’re a family publication, after all.

Send up to two original limericks to the Bangor Daily News to lifestyle section writer Emily Burnham at, in an e-mail with the heading “BDN Limerick Contest.” If you’d prefer to mail a hard copy, send it to BDN Limerick Contest, in care of Bangor Daily News Lifestyle, 491 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401. Please include your name, address and phone number with all entries.

Entries received after Tuesday, March 15, will be disqualified. We will announce a winner on St. Patrick’s Day, which is on Thursday, March 17. The winner will receive a gift certificate from Paddy Murphy’s Pub in downtown Bangor. We will run the winning limerick, along with several runners-up, in that Thursday’s Lifestyle section.

Have fun, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

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