Election Haiku & Limerick Contest

Updated June 18, 2019 | Infoplease Staff
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Send us your best poetry about the neverending presidential race

Readers' Poetry:

All of the lies that I'm crafting
Overshadow the laws that I'm drafting.
But in 2001
When my two terms are done
I'll be free to go whitewater rafting.

- Keith Gilman
Unjust denouement!
O.J. is to innocent
as Bush to victor.

- Bob Ulrich
Lititz, PA
Dangling bits of chad.
Who did you vote for? Bush? Gore?
Perhaps Buchanan

- Scott and Roberta Freese
Tallahassee, FL
Guessing the intent.
Laws made before are now bent.
Calling in attorneys,
Making Al look wormy.
Gore is stale and spent!
The campaigns have begun you will find
But how can we make a choice of this kind
The possibility's endless
One's feckless, one's friendless
The words "rock" and "hard place" come to mind
Gore walk like a man
Crying time is done. You lose
Talk the talk go home
chad inspection week
hanging, pregnant, swinging door
shotgun wedding looms
Butterfly ballots
Voters' wishes fly away
Into Jeb Trashcans
Seeking surplus to spend
His tax cut Bush tries to defend.
I'm getting quite bent
At that top one percent
They'll get all the cash in the end.
It's Dubya's turn at the bat.
His supporters are scared he'll fall flat.
His grammar is criminal
He can't say subliminal
He'd be better off as prez of his frat.
We complain about
Our choices in the voting
Cherish the freedom
politicians lie
shaking hands and stabbing backs
I refuse to vote

Poetry Definitions

hai·ku (hI' kOO)
Noun. plural: haiku.
a Japanese poem or verse form, consisting of 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, often about nature or a season.
lim·er·ick (lim'ur•ik),
a kind of humorous poem in which lines one, two and five rhyme, and lines three and four form a rhymed couplet.
[1895-1900; Limerick, Ireland]

Random House Websters College Dictionary Copyright © 1997
by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

Now that the teams of Al Gore and George W. Bush have shifted the focus of the presidential race from the recounts to the courts, tell us what you think—write a haiku or limerick!

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Inspiration From Our Editors:

Gore drives on the left
Bush stays mainly to the right
Pull over I’m sick

With Bill and John out the door
We're left with George Bush and Al Gore
It might get a bit messy
But wait—is that Jesse
Ventura in two thousand four?

Tormenting conflict
painful horrid decision
Must pick Bush or Gore?

Wooden and stiff Al
Invented the internet?
Who is he kidding

These candidates are getting pretty stale,
Unfortunately one will prevail,
While one seems too stiff,
And the other likes to sniff,
On the bright side, at least there's no Quayle.

He’s the brand new Bush who’s younger and bigger
His Dad may have been old, but he’s full of vigor
He’ll cut taxes a ton
And let you keep your gun
But a "compassionate conservative" — how do you figure?

Prochoice and aid for the poor
You're a liberal down to your core
Your politics are great
But your persona's too sedate
I'm afraid Mr. Gore you're a bore

Choosing Bush or Gore
Do I want right or far right
Nothing Left to choose

His name is George W. Bush
They've raised millions to give him a push
but frat boy allegations
have caused hesitation
and he could land flat on his toosh

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