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As some of you know, each year the Northeast Squeeze In sponsors a limerick contest. (I'm sure you can guess what the "subject" might be.) Some folks (I'm one of them) think a haiku contest would also be fun.

 

Although I won't make it to this years NESI, I am sending in a couple of absentee entries. Now, if you have squeezebox/free reed limericks -- or even haiku, -- you've composed, you may want to save them for the contest. But maybe you have have something that's in another form (sonnets, anyone?) or with more limited appeal. Why not put them here? (And all the others could show up here after the NESI.)

 

I think everyone must be familiar with the limerick, but for those who don't know, a haiku is a very strict form. It need not rhyme, but it must consist of three lines, of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. E.g.,

 

Eyes like shining orbs,

Playing her concertina,

It's Rhomylly Forbes.

 

But:

 

Bellows in and out,

Pumping away like crazy,

Irish virtuoso.

 

isn't a haiku, because the last line has too many syllables.

 

Anybody else want to try?

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kudos to all the poets who have figured out without hearing it pronounced that Rhomylly has 3 syllables. I'm not usually so lucky!

 

the only other thing I can say is concertina playing is an awesome pursuit and the nicest people in the world do it!

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kudos to all the poets who have figured out without hearing it pronounced that Rhomylly has 3 syllables. I'm not usually so lucky!

 

the only other thing I can say is concertina playing is an awesome pursuit and the nicest people in the world do it!

Of course it's got three syllables - how else would you pronouce it?

 

Samantha

 

PS only four more posts, Rhomylly, and you'll be an ADVANCED member: if only advancement in concertina playing were so easy, eh? :rolleyes:

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Thanks for the suggestion. I had fun with this.

 

Tune is on the right

Sometimes tune is on the left

I'm in the middle

 

Bellows in and out

Buttons too go in and out

Music can happen

 

The concertina

Is a very long instrument

That can shrink to fit

 

Concertina wire

A telegram that you send

to squeezebox player

 

J.S. Bach would smile

Music should be flexible

Jesu Joy on Anglo

 

Jack

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Push the buttons here.

Squeeze the bellows to and fro.

Music comes out there.

 

[but I think Wendy's "Breath of wind in hand..." is the best so far. When I first learned about Haiku in 8th grade, I was taught that in addition to the syllable count, there should be a reference to something in nature.]

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Rhomylly said:

kudos to all the poets who have figured out without hearing it pronounced that Rhomylly has 3 syllables. I'm not usually so lucky!

 

Three syllables; still, I feel silly.

Is it "RHO-myl-ly", or is it "Rho-MIL-ly"?

Or might it just be

She says, "Rho-my LEE",

Or even takes them by lots, willy nilly?

 

And I hope she takes the following joint effort as the flattery it's meant to be, rather than as plagiarism. :)

...concertina playing is an awesome pursuit and the nicest people in the world do it!

 

Concertina playing is an awesome pursu-it

And the nicest people in the world do it!

With good cheer and decorum

They meet in the Forum,

And post posts when they get around to it.

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And yet another one with local references:

 

My friend has just bought a Maccann, sir, ... etc

 

That's a great one Jim.

 

As it's tax return time for those of us in the UK, how about this one...

 

When busking with various fellows,

Passersby give me coins with their "hellos"

When it comes to my taxes

(If anyone akses)

I hide them away in my bellows.

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I thought I should write a quick homily

for a squeezer who calls herself Rhomylly

then I thought "I'm a berk!

If the last line should work

the poem would be an anomaly!"

 

Samantha

 

PS "Berk" is a mildly insulting term in British English ... :blink:

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