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Lilting limericks celebrate Bainbridge Island

Eagle Harbor Book Co. is celebrating National Poetry Month with a limerick contest. Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn picks six of her favorite entries.

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Lit Life

Here in the book-lined Lit Life redoubt we have been busy celebrating National Poetry Month. Last week we featured the winners of the Seattle Public Library’s haiku contest. This week — limericks!

In a previous column I mentioned the Eagle Harbor Book Co.’s limerick contest, and thanks to the publicity, the fine booksellers there were deluged with more than 170 entries. They have sent me the winners and honorable mentions. I can’t say yet who actually won, but I can print my favorites.

The theme was Bainbridge-O-Rama, so, as you can imagine, they’re all very island-esque; ferries and romance, ferries and bike races, ferries and annoying cellphones. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the store at a celebration that includes drinks, food, prizes and live limerick readings. Judges were children’s author George Shannon, romance writer Susan Wiggs and Lindsay Masters, publicist for Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.

Here we go:

There was a rich hippie named Julie,

Whose Range Rover smelled like patchouli,

Each day, just for fun

She smoked weed by the ton

With a bong blown by Dale Chihuly.

Brandon Matsen, Seattle

Said Romeo on Bainbridge, “Don’t tarry!

“Leave Seattle so that we can marry.”

But his Juliette said,

“I’d rather be dead

“Than have to get on that damn ferry.”

Eva Moon, Redmond

A crusty ol’ cowboy named Billy

Decided to ride Chilly Hilly

He showed up, indeed,

With a bike for a steed;

But those stirrups sure looked really silly.

Dave Johnson, Ashland, Ore.

On the 5:30 boat in the quiet zone

A passenger answered his cellphone.

The others gathered en masse

Picked him up by his a.....

Crying, “man overboard with his ring tone!”

Robin Simons (no address given)

To the city we’ll go to make merry

After dinner o’er drinks we will tarry.

Alas, with a shout

We pay and rush out

If we run we will catch the last ferry.

Mary Jensen, Bainbridge Island

I guess I have plenty of nerve

I went to the Bloedel Reserve

I asked for an aster,

They said, “Not so fast, sir,”

“In our garden you merely observe.”

Frank Buxton and Cynthia Sears, Bainbridge Island

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or Gwinn appears every Tuesday on TVW’s “Well Read,” discussing books with host Terry Tazioli (go to for archived episodes). On Twitter @gwinnma.

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