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A limerick competition for Mother’s Day: win an iPod Touch

The appreciation for limericks, such as Edward Lear’s nonsense verses, is well-documented here on the OxfordWords blog. As is an appreciation for mothers.  Since Mother’s Day and Limerick Day coincide this year in the US, what better way to celebrate both than with a mom-themed limerick competition? (The competition is, of course, open worldwide.) How about:

A Mother’s Day limerick is bound
To be heartfelt and also profound.
When your mom is a saint,
And your childhood quaint,
It’s not hard to write rhymes that astound.

While it may not win any poetry awards, this limerick is an example of the aabba rhyme scheme which characterizes a limerick. Here, the first two and final longer lines are a match, while the antepenultimate and penultimate shorter lines form their own separate rhyme. It may have been a bit light on the humor, though, which is a common element of this style of poetry. Indeed, some of Lear’s content is even a bit too bawdy for this blog.

But now it’s your turn. If you’ve been carrying around kind words of appreciation that you’re just itching to share with the mother figure in your life, why not express it in verse? Enter your limerick, along with your name and email address, into the submission form below by the extended deadline of 3pm (BST) on Wednesday 29 May for a chance to win an 8GB iPod Touch. The winning limerick will be published on the blog soon after for all to enjoy.

And remember: it’s a mother’s appreciation competition. So, in the words of many a put-upon mom: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.

Please read the terms and conditions before entering.

This competition is now closed.