Competitions
   
COMPETITION 1
Add the last  line to the following pseudo-epitaph:
Here lie I and my four daughters
Killed by drinking Cheltenham waters.
 Had we stuck to Epsom salts,
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COMPETITION 2
Add the last (fifth) line to the following Limerick
A Novice was driving a car
When, down Porlock, his son said “Papa
 If you drive at this rate
We are bound to be late-
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COMPETITION 3
Add the last line (fourth) to the following Clerihew
“I quite realized” said Columbus
 “That the earth is not a rhombus,
 But I am a little annoyed
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COMPETITION 4
Compose a full Limerick, preferably not an Edward Lear type i.e. NOT with the same first & last line.
Essential constituents of a good Limerick:
1.Good last line
2.Ingenuity of rhyme
3.Plot
 
COMPETITION 5
Compose an epigram (pseudo- epitaph).
This format can be very flexible in terms of  number of lines and rhymes.
Most published ones tend to be sexist: please try to avoid this approach!
COMPETITION 6
Compose a full 4-line Clerihew.
Key items:
1.Famous person's name should be in the first line
2.The rest can be nonsense
3.Must refer to what the individual is famous for.
 
RULES
1. There are no formal rules except the obvious one of the Editor's decision is final.
2.The competition will run until the end of July (or longer if we're all still house-bound).
3. You can send as many entries as you like.
4. Entries to: Mike Aggleton: probus@aggleton.name with your name, club and  contact telephone number.
5. Entries will be added to this website if the entrant allows. The entrant needs to let me know if:
(a) they are happy to have their entry (ies) uploaded to this website with their name, or
(b) they are happy to have their entry(ies) uploaded to this website anonmymously. or
(c) they'd prefer not to have entry(ies) uploaded.
6. Prizes to be distributed soon after the end of July (or later if we're all still house-bound).
 
COMPETITION ENTRIES
Peter Walker- Glevum Probus Barry Medwell- Glevum Probus
We now have to meet via Zoom
Each one of us in our own room

It's not what we sought
But it's better than nought
So it's not always doom and dark gloom

with alternative last lines:
And reduces that feeling of gloom
Almost safe as it was in the womb
And is really a jolly good boom
This virus does not lead to doom
When the nation is stuck in this gloom,
And we are confined to our room,
What a delight,
to see a bright light
Provided by Mike using Zoom
also from Peter: John Gibson-Colwall Probus
Here lie I and my four daughters
Killed by drinking Cheltenham waters.
Had we stuck to Epsom salts,
Or even better - single malts!

again with alternative last lines:
And added to our many faults

We'd not have entered these dark vaults

At Xmas the musician had wavered
Between the two wines that he favoured.
He tasted; was loth
To decide, so drank both
And ended up quite semi-quavered

and a third entry: and a second entry:
A Novice was driving a car
When, down Porlock, his son said "Papa
If you drive at this rate
We are bound to be late-
And this road is so sticky with tar

At Probus every other week
We gather to hear someone speak.
If they go on too long
We might find we were wrong
Not to take a preliminary leak.

  and a third:
 
Mr Lear rose to national fame
By inventing the limerick game,
But the last rhyme of his verse 
Is no better or worse
Than the first - it's exactly the same,
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
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