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Friends of the Sandy Library host the fourth annual Limerick Writing Contest

OK, the Friends of the Sandy Library's fourth-annual Limerick Writing Contest takes place this weekend, so here's one more limerick to inspire you to get writing:

This Saturday, on March fifteen,

It really will be quite a scene.

There's more than just rhyme

During Lim-er-ick time,

A band will play - oh! - and wear green.

Most of you could probably write something better than that, so why not join in the fun at the Sandy Library by submitting your own limerick for a chance to win cash prizes and bragging rights.

Poets of three age groups - middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults - are encouraged to crank out their best, family-friendly rhymes (see sidebar, 'How to write a limerick'). Competitors don't have to stick to a topic, but may participate in special themed contests, writing either environmental or political themed limericks.

To submit limericks for the contest, entrants must bring their poems to the Sandy Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., by 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Participants may enter as many limericks as they want.

Judges will review the entries on Saturday, March 15, and at 7 p.m., participants will gather at the library to read their creations aloud, enjoy refreshments and find out which poets won.

In each age group, fwinners will receive $25 cash, second place gets $20, and so on with fifth place taking home $5, thanks to donations by the Friends of the Sandy Library.

Make sure to wear green because after the contest the spirited trio, Luck Penny, will entertain the audience with Irish jigs and reels using the box accordion, tin whistle, bouzouki and other traditional instruments.

For more information call the library at 503-668-5537.

How to write a limerick


A limerick is a funny little poem containing five lines. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other (A), and the last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other (B). See the limerick at the beginning of this article for an example.

When writing a limerick, make sure that it has the same AABBA rhyme pattern, with eight or nine syllables for the first two lines, four to six syllables for lines three and four and another eight or nine at the end. And make sure it also has the same 'Da DUM da da DUM da da DUM' rhythm pattern.