FAWMerick 2020

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  • @scubed  Jan 13

    FAWMku’s an elegant treasure
    Its form is precise and well-measured
    But if your secret thrill
    Is light doggerel
    Let FAWMerick be your guilty pleasure

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 13

    I don't have many verses that rhyme
    it's distressing most every time
    and yet I persist
    to add to my list
    "make something to tickle the Florsheims."

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 13

    it's time for the annual scrubbin'
    of things that, my sleeve, are a-tuggin'
    whilst I sit and ponder
    things happening yonder
    the distraction is: thoughts of hot-tubbin'

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 13

    Limericks have not been my forte
    I doubt they're even my five-tay
    this year I shall try
    and be ever so sly
    despite being tardy to the arty-pay

  • @metalfoot  Jan 13

    I am gladdened to see this thread started
    And that the old thread has departed
    Time to start up anew
    And see which dreams come true
    And which ways my brain's song will have darted

  • @scubed  Jan 13

    This silly old form is enduring
    And silly new rhymes keep bestirring
    My to-dos make me dizzy
    I should go get busy
    But FAWMerick is much more alluring

  • @timfatchen  Jan 13

    It's true that you'll have to be brave
    If to FAWMerick you're a slave,
    For FAWMku will scrub you
    And beat you, and drub you,
    And send you back cold to your grave.

  • @scubed  Jan 13

    Though FAWMku may grow to be muckle
    My knees will not wobble or buckle
    Let those who feel Zen
    'Ku again and again
    I'll FAWMerick when I need a chuckle

  • @paulhenry  Jan 14

    Wow, @scubed: "muckle" ? You're my hero.

    "Well, 28 days," I think. "Fine."
    By the end I'm all "Panic!" and (whine).
    This year: 2020
    The time will be plenty
    Because there will be twenty-nine!

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 14

    Adding one day to the calendar
    makes songwriting, this year, more granular
    my synths may be virtual
    and disdain for them cultural
    while, not real, they still are spectacular

  • @lowhum Jan 14

    February's but a fart away
    So whoever gets ready to play
    Up with the curtains
    Down with the pants
    Make some sound for the new decade!

  • @scubed  Jan 15

    @paulhenry, you are too kind!
    In scribbling a FAWMerick I find
    Words odd or archaic
    Or maybe in Gaelic
    Are sure to tickle the mind

  • @scubed  Jan 16

    What @timfatchen tells us is true:
    There's a whole lotta love for FAWMku
    But I've too much free time
    And too many bad rhymes
    To let FAWMerick fall back to Page two

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 16

    In a fortnight, this thing will be starting
    And our oeuvres will soon be departing
    But two weeks? Surely some
    Length of time, dear @lowhum
    For the gasiest soul to be farting.

  • @marvsmooth  Jan 16

    Now the wordsmith is speaking of farting
    But I'll say that when this is all starting
    Too busy we'll be
    To hear or to see
    The effects of the food when departing

  • @paiyatamu  Jan 16

    The quartet was unusually rare
    After dining on less than fine fare
    They went for baroque
    But on fumes they did choke
    And left without clearing the Air

  • @paiyatamu  Jan 16

    This style is the basest of verse
    No other format is worse
    It's purpose, tis plain
    Is to lighten the brain
    And knock loose a writing block curse

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 16

    A slice of bread leavened cut thickly
    Light mayonnaise pallid and trickly
    Eight shreds of cooked chicken
    Crisp salad to thicken
    A slice of bread leavened cut thickly

  • @scubed  Jan 16

    @stephenwordsmith , that sounds yummy
    I hope it felt good in your tummy
    And as for me, I
    Made faux Tom Kha Gai
    Then I kicked back and sat on my bummy

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 16

    Ach @scubed, it jildies my heart
    To see my ain country’s leid in your art
    But it sair maks me manic
    It’s Scots, man, no Gaelic!
    Scrieve it muckle and sma. Noo, let’s start!

  • @scubed  Jan 16

    @ayehahmur, I meant no offense for
    The cousins of my Highland ancestors
    I couldn't resist
    How those syllables kissed
    'Cause rhyming is what I have zest for

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 16

    @scubed Perfect response.

  • @scubed  Jan 17

    Outside the snowflakes still drop
    I'm wondering when they will stop
    So I sit by the fire
    Taking time to conspire
    To push FAWMerick back to the top

  • @timfatchen  Jan 17

    The fire? It's 10 k's away,
    But it's slow, so there's time to play
    With FAWMerick bashers
    Until it's all ashes
    At which stage I'll just run away.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 17

    I don't speak of fire willy-nilly
    But hearing of this stunned me silly:
    The smoke's so terrific
    It's crossed the Pacific
    And sexed up the sunsets in Chile

  • @timfatchen  Jan 17

    With nearby bushfire smoke looming
    At mismanagement I'm really fguming
    I'll write my submission
    To the Royal Commission
    My relations with government dooming

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 17

    You write like a veteran journo
    Renowned from the Chathams to Brno
    How keep you your soul
    Under such great control
    In the path of a raging inferno?

  • @timfatchen  Jan 17

    There's a raging inferno inside me
    And I'm fed up with fools who deride me
    And my twisted soul? Well,
    If I'm headed for Hell
    I'll make sure that my foes are beside me!

  • @lowhum Jan 17

    I cannot but add to the doomba
    That wakes every prophet in the Dune Bar
    Drinks find their way
    In parallel lays
    And it's fresh to be hard as a cucumber

  • @zecoop  Jan 17

    Oh my god two weeks!!
    This just can't be happening
    I am not ready!!!!

  • @scubed  Jan 18

    Gave into the urge to FAWMku
    It felt like the right thing to do
    But now, to bring balance,
    I'll use my small talents
    To show FAWMerick a little love too

  • @pcob1993  Jan 18

    I wrestled to finagle acute angles
    until in the face I was blue
    but her mat where I sat
    was just tit for tat
    and she bent me backwards in two.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 18

    Whenever I'm here, without fail
    I slip on that great sliding scale
    Twixt striving for clever
    And posting whatever
    For FAWMku's post count to assail

  • @timfatchen  Jan 18

    Just do it and post and move on
    Perfection's a song for a swan
    Try hard to be smart
    And your words will lose heart
    And you'll never quite get them on song.

  • @barbara  Jan 18

    A FAWMerick? Don’t mind if I do!
    There’ll be plenty of time for FAWMku,
    But these verses take time,
    On the hunt for a rhyme,
    Keeping meter, a verbal Kung Fu.

  • @lowhum Jan 18

    You're way too long, said a fawmku
    To a fawmerick in katmandu
    And you are so zen
    It's hard to understand
    Wait for the punchline: coo-coo!

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 18

    That reminds me: I once met a Sherpa
    Who claimed to be Shah Dev's usurper
    I asked: "You for real?"
    He turned on his heel
    And walked away laughing "loof lirpA!"

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 18

    I once had a real messed up clock
    that, while it could tick, would not tock
    no matter how agile
    the clocksmith or cudgel
    its measure was never ad hoc

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 19

    There once was a man with no head
    Who was widely presumed to be dead
    Due to absence profound
    Of a chin or a crown
    If he disagreed, he never said!

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 19

    I chanced upon that headless man
    last year, it was, dining in Cannes
    the stench was horrific
    from man and from biopic
    that riots were sparked in Bhutan

  • @scubed  Jan 19

    As bedtime approaches I choose
    To stop reading the god-awful news
    I'm too tense by half
    I need a good laugh
    And FAWMerick will always amuse

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 19

    There once was a soldier from Gath
    Who found a small boy in his path
    The wee boy slung a sling
    And the very next thing
    The great soldier was out on hith ath.

  • @crisp1  Jan 20

    So @scubed gave everyone a chuckle
    By finding a way to use “muckle”
    It’s a talent sublime
    To use fun words in rhymes
    To her I admit I must truckle

  • @carleybaer  Jan 20

    I've never done FAWMerick before
    So I've set out to settle the score
    I looked and, oh lordy!
    We have three and forty
    So this one will make forty-four

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 20

    It's lovely to see this thread thrive
    Here's one more to keep it alive
    Although I'm well aware
    That some out there don't care
    A great deal for our friend 45...

  • @aflinner  Jan 21

    Too early to share songs as yet,
    But FAWMerick gets our feet wet.
    A stretch before racing
    To help with pacing,
    Before we start breaking a sweat!

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 21

    There once was a FAWMku that sucked.
    It started with "Bootie bootie butts."
    It only made me laugh.
    A baby cow is a calf.
    The FAWMku ended "Bootie bootie butts."

  • @carleybaer  Jan 21

    @bradbrubaker that was beautiful 😁

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    There once was a man who mapped to
    Be the first time to mice and men
    And then left a message
    For the silver screen as his name
    Is there a way to get the latest flash player?

    An autocomplete FAWMerick by @stephenwordsmith . Thank you.

  • @crisp1  Jan 21

    Everyone needs rest and quiet
    You tyros out there ought to try it
    But if done too much
    The effect is such
    That you might have to go on a diet

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 21

    As a first year FAWMerickian
    I find I am strick-ian
    by how seductive
    and also instructive
    this humble form is-ian

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 21

    One thing that gives me the fear
    Indulging in FAWM'ricks this year
    Is when the time comes
    For the FAWM starting gun
    I'll be stuck with this rhythm and meter!

  • @scubed  Jan 21

    An old woman who lived way out West
    Stepped right in a big hornet's nest
    She said, "Oh, drat
    Wish I hadn't done that!
    Now I need a stiff drink and some rest"

  • @metalfoot  Jan 21

    A fellow was driving back home
    Across his lane another car'd roam
    With a smash and a crash
    The twain they did mash
    And that's why I'm writing this poam 😉

  • @lowhum Jan 21

    As I was reading Finnegan's Wake
    A baiter crotch mee a stake
    Treppendously scornt
    Obsidiantly warnt
    Brew born broome shoubel and sheikh

  • @zecoop  Jan 21

    The airbags were fully deployed
    And @metalfoot was quite annoyed
    The rental had come
    A new life begun
    And FAWMing left him overjoyed.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    I am glad you're all right, for your sake
    A poor bedfellow water can make:
    Though it may end in woe
    When your car's in the snow
    It's much better than cars in a lake

  • @crisp1  Jan 21

    My drinking buds vowed to outwit me
    Just before we went climbing Mt. Whitney
    I binged ’cause I’m reckless
    Now guess what’s for breakfast?
    A hair of the dog that done bit me

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    The liquor, it pours like a fountain
    Tequila, 3, 4, but who's countin'?
    With only one flagon
    One falls off the wagon,
    Take care not to fall off that mountain.

  • @lowhum Jan 21

    a vagabond might drink a full wagon
    of beatniks, hippies and more ons
    we could follow his course
    or change the discourse
    there's more than two roads to a tavern

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    Deep I slept, full of brandy and trifle
    I woke up to a man with a rifle
    And to compound this feud
    I was sleeping quite nude
    To the gunfight, I thus brought an eyeful

  • @scubed  Jan 21

    Made a change in my morning routine:
    Trying to drink less caffeine
    It’s not working well
    How can I tell?
    My naps are now deep and serene

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    Caffeine gives me joy with sobriety
    (That's, in the end, best for society)
    It's strong as a girder
    But absolute murder
    On my gene-ral-ised anxiety

  • @metalfoot  Jan 21

    I met head-to-head my anxiety
    And also exercised my piety
    Went back to the place
    My car was erased
    And returned safely back to society

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    All's well, as they say, as ends well
    Like the sea, you've come out of it swell
    Not your time to decease,
    You've escaped in one piece
    With one more new story to tell

  • @lowhum Jan 21

    on arrival a rival
    was met with a rifle
    a bible was red
    and merrily wed
    they were cleared of creedence revivals

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    Take me down to the Paradise city
    Where the grass is green and the girls pretty
    Oh won't you oh oh
    Please take me home
    Hey, I've run out of lyrics. That's shitty.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 21

    A wizard, in fact a fox cunning
    Performed tricks prestigious and stunning
    But with quite different habits
    Re: usage of rabbits
    So my advice, hares, is 'start running'.

  • @scubed  Jan 22

    I’ve long been an avid news junkie
    Chased headlines like a high-on-speed monkey
    But right now keeping track
    Puts a kink in my back
    And make me feel queasy and funky

  • @scubed  Jan 22

    Look closely as light lines float by
    There’s much more there than meets the eye
    Too often we mortals
    Let Truth ride on chortles
    Keep smilin’, lie lie lie lie

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 22

    There once was a young girl named Hayley
    Who trained for the spelling bee daily
    She was best in her field
    But her quest for the shield
    Was cut short by a wicked shillelagh

  • @aflinner  Jan 22

    Writing FAWMku is relaxing
    While FAWMerick’s just a bit taxing
    They’re both lots of fun!
    Since FAWM’s not begun,
    I’m thinking their pace is still waxing

  • @scubed  Jan 22

    It’s always a good use of time
    To practice our meter and rhyme
    So our brand-new lyrics
    Might earn panegyrics
    Ah, FAWMing is oh so sublime!

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 22

    There once was a young man named Boyd
    Who stared in the infinite void
    Alas and alack,
    The void just stared back
    And thus the man walked off, annoyed

  • @aflinner  Jan 22

    I just returned home from the store
    Called Walmart (you know it, I’m sure)
    And now there’s no time
    To think of more rhymes
    But later I’ll up the word score

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 22

    There once was a farmer named Dan
    A do-it-yourself kind of man
    Put two doors in one swoop
    In his old chicken coop
    And now it's a chicken sedan

  • @scubed  Jan 23

    I've scribbled my five-seven-five
    'Bout the pleasure of being alive
    But despite FAWMku's grace
    It takes second place
    'Cause FAWMerick don't take no jive

  • @scubed  Jan 23

    I'm a FAWMerick fan though and through
    Won't let it slide back towards Page Two
    Her friends think it's madness
    And ask with some sadness,
    "Can't she find something better to do?"

  • @crisp1  Jan 23

    A rich gal was totally frosted
    By how much her highlights had costed
    She told her hairdresser
    Please make the price lesser
    Or else you’ll see my business losted

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 23

    There was a boyracer from Russia
    Who took his old car to the crusher
    Though he loved to hoon it,
    The stereo unit
    Was stuck on 'Confessions' by Usher

  • @crisp1  Jan 23

    My dog is a chaser of birds
    Especially when they are in herds
    The danger for me
    Is when they start to flee
    They just might bombard me with turds

  • @lowhum Jan 23

    In Russia they have a saying
    A hungry bear does not sway
    but some polite moose
    chose to boogie their hooves
    while their wives swallowed pomegranates

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 23

    The Fake A for ABBA thing's fun
    But remedial plays must be done
    Of the alphabet song
    Cause we've got the thing wrong
    For the last 5 consecutive runs.

  • @lowhum Jan 23

    Once an elegant lady woke up
    she dreamed she was a crab
    she could not comprehend
    and astray she went
    while the universe was taking a nap

  • @lowhum Jan 23

    Epaulette Letuce

  • @scubed  Jan 24

    I may go clean out of my head
    They keep saying what's already said
    My clueless suggestion
    Still causing contention
    Tho' the horse is dead dead dead dead dead

  • @crisp1  Jan 24

    Sewing reveals I’m a fool
    I cannot tell bobbin from spool
    But I seem inbred
    When I’m spinning the thread
    I get so excited I drool

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 24

    Take two As, follow them with two Bs
    Then one final A, slick as you please
    Pick a name or a place
    For protagonists ace
    And you've FAWM'ricked with effortless ease

  • @timfatchen  Jan 24

    Wow! Look at the messes I've missed!
    The muse by a FAWMerick kissed!
    Whole days I've to read
    Yet I'm forced to plead....
    What is this @stephenwordsmith?

  • @scubed  Jan 24

    As dawn glowed a sweet rosy read
    She checked out the headlines and said,
    "Dissonance reigns
    And sanity wanes
    I think I'll just go back to bed."

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 24

    "I've heard it said Joy is contagious"
    Said father as Joy's fever rages
    "If it spreads to my cheeks,
    I'll be knocked out for weeks"
    To recover would take that contagious...

  • @lowhum Jan 24

    Yeah, count ages!

  • @aflinner  Jan 24

    I can’t wait for FAWM, it’s a blast!
    I’m hoping my energy lasts...
    I don’t feel so hot
    This cold that I caught
    Is knocking me back on my a . . . er, butt.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 24

    I need to go hang out the washing
    But rhymes around my brain are sloshing
    I'll get them on paper
    Then off I shall caper
    My wife just said "now!" - she ain't joshing!

  • @scubed  Jan 25

    A new iPad Pro is now mine
    With bells and sweet whistles divine
    But the files from the old one
    Are now in oblivion
    I now need a large glass of wine

  • @scubed  Jan 25

    Some say that FAWMerick is trashy
    That sing-song-y rhymes are too flashy
    But when I’m feeling low
    FAWMerick’s where I go
    To laugh ‘til I fall on my ashy

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 25

    Some folk have a bee in their bonnet
    'bout poems, I'd bet the house on it
    Whose form is most stylish -
    Japan's, or the Irish?
    It's neither, in fact - it's the sonnet.

  • @scubed  Jan 25

    @stephenwordsmith , perhaps you should start
    A thread for your most-favored art
    With lines of fourteen
    And rhymes sharp and keen
    “FAWMonnet” might gladden your heart

  • @scottlake Jan 25

    I'm visiting here for a look
    Reading rhymes with a lilting hook
    Some cartoons in words
    Are better for nerds
    While others prefer reading a book.

  • @crisp1  Jan 25

    Old limerick writers were foxy
    They knew their books wouldn’t be glossy
    So they wrote full throttle
    Opening their mind’s bottle
    And then they just poured on the saucy

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 25

    A fellow of this FAWMish nation
    Was giddy with anticipation
    When he started to fidget
    They gaffa'd his digits
    It's still January, man! Have some patience!

  • @crisp1  Jan 25

    A couple knew something was wrong
    They simply could not get along
    When they drank, they’d bicker
    So they gave up liquor
    And now they smoke weed from a bong

  • @scubed  Jan 26

    The test run I firmly rejected
    The results left me feeling dejected
    In recording, I’ve found
    I get better sound
    If the microphone’s actually connected

  • @aflinner  Jan 26

    @ayehahmur I hear what you say!
    My fingers are itching to play
    I’ll show some decorum
    But live on the forum
    Take heart! It begins Saturday 🙂

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    It's sixty past sixty! Gadzounds!
    I said, looking down with a frown
    At the stalwart Fitbit on me
    Then came the epiphany
    I had the thing on upside down

  • @timfatchen  Jan 26

    Gadzounds? It's a bee in your bonnet
    Since you've yet to start up the FAWMonnet.
    Stop FAWMerick slinging!
    You'd be to us bringing
    Much relief if we knew you were on it.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    What charm your reminders engender
    Trust me, it's still on the agenda
    And I'll turn the first sod
    Once my suit'n'boot bod's
    At my desk after this long weekender

  • @scubed  Jan 26

    When Life is determined to test one
    The simplest joys are the best ones
    There’s a beautiful dawn
    The coffee is on
    And FAWMerick continues to press on

  • @scubed  Jan 26

    Guitar has new strings, bright and thin
    Mics are set up and plugged in
    I long to create
    But still I must wait
    Oh, FAWM, hurry up and begin!

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    There's nothing on this Earth that's sweeter
    Than masterful rhythm and metre
    Swept up in the dance
    Of this verbal romance
    'cept maybe re-runs of Blue Peter.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    There once was a mastering joker
    Who mixed tracks as if with a poker
    His venture was startin'
    With Chris and Rick Martin
    Track 1: Viva La Vida Loca

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    There once was a fella from Sophia
    Who had an unquellable phobia
    Of the very last word
    In sentences heard
    And so he just simply omitted

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    This narrowing gap has me scratchin'
    My head - is some cunnin' plan hatchin'?
    But no, I have clarity
    On FAWMku's count parity
    The fault lies, of course, with @timfatchen .

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 26

    This terse little form is inviting
    And worse, I do find it exciting
    So much so, that my fear
    Is my output this year
    Will be sod-all in terms of songwriting

  • @scubed  Jan 26

    @stephenwordsmith and @timfatchen
    Are too far ahead for the catchin’
    But I’ll not give in
    I’ll scribble and grin
    As silly new rhymes I am hatchin’

  • @lowhum Jan 26

    once a trio of limerick writers
    got hold of an old typewriter
    they all typed together
    and whatever the weather
    they kept on wetting their diapers

  • @dudachris Jan 27

    Often I write for no reason
    As if stopping amounts to treason
    A pen and a pad
    Scribbling like mad
    No care for the time or the season

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    An old woman muttered, “Oh, brother,
    LIfe’s one damned thing after another
    Sometimes the mundane
    Will help me stay sane
    FAWMerick? Why, I’ll have another”

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 27

    I see, in a moment of clarity
    Among these wee screeds of hilarity
    That FAWMku, our rival
    Is nigh the arrival
    Of (pox on it all) post count parity!

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    Insomnia’s damnable tide
    Has swept me along for the ride
    Yet my sleep-deprived mind
    One bright spot can find:
    Here’s one more for FAWMerick’s side

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    An “own goal,” @timfatchen , how so?
    RE soccer, there’s much I don’t know
    But I kicked one in
    To help FAWMerick win
    And its post count continues to grow

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 27

    It seems I've established a pact
    That for every FAWM'rick I enact
    In the interests of fairness
    If not metrical sqaureness
    A FAWMku must also be hacked

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    Whenever I chance to FAWMku
    (Which I occasionally do)
    Like @ayehahmur I
    Let a FAWMerick fly
    Which causes FAWMkuers to boo

  • @carleybaer  Jan 27

    Last night in my bed I did lie
    Another FAWMku for to try
    I started to doze
    And when I arose
    I wrote this and now it’s a tie! 😁

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    My attention span’s easily led
    Away from the paths I should tread
    No, I can’t control
    How the syllables roll
    Now FAWMerick’s one point ahead

  • @crisp1  Jan 27

    Great minds of renown all agree
    Fame ain't what it's cracked up to be
    Thank goodness we're blighters
    Poor FAWMerick writers
    Laboring in obscurity

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    I may not write lyrics with flair
    My tunes may limp off here and there
    When it’s all said and done
    I just wanna have fun
    And in less than five days I’ll be there!

  • @carleybaer  Jan 27

    I must admit my secret need
    For FAWM'rick to maintain her speed
    I sit and I write 'em
    Ad infinitum
    Whenever FAWMku takes the lead

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    This afternoon I realized
    It’s time to get FAWM organized
    Writing pad on the table
    Music stand, mic, and cable
    And chocolate to keep energized

  • @keithcuts  Jan 27

    These season I’m going full throttle
    Addictive this rivals the bottle
    Hear my proposal:
    This media’s social
    Like instagram without the models

  • @scubed  Jan 27

    Some might say I’m wasting my leisure
    In churning out Fawm’ricks for pleasure
    I have to confess I’ve
    Been a little obsessive
    I find I can’t make a cessure

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    Great heavens! Alas and alack!
    FAWMerick has fallen way back
    I can’t let that go
    I’ll pen some lines so
    This silliness will be back on track

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    The discussion’s proceeding apace
    Most trying to speak up with grace
    But it’s all been said
    My horse is still dead
    And I’m feeling a bit out of place

  • @carleybaer  Jan 28

    One thirty-two, sakes alive!
    While FAWMku's at one thirty-five
    So close, yet so far
    Guess I'll get in the car
    And make FAWMericks up while I drive

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    There are many here burdened with woes
    Who’ve come in from proverbial snows
    To join friends and create
    And perhaps celebrate
    As FAWM in community grows

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    Oh, horrors! This will not do
    Some seriousness seeping through
    So I’ll keep it light
    And for now say good-night
    FAWMerick fans, it’s all up to you

  • @carleybaer  Jan 28

    I check the list, progress to see
    I look again— how can it be??
    No matter how staid
    Or what plans best-laid
    FAWMku’s always winning by three

  • @timfatchen  Jan 28

    To prove I'm not always mean
    I'll give FAWMerick a free bean
    A break I will take
    With Zen on the make
    And leave here with conscience all clean!

  • @lowhum Jan 28

    One nun went once to meditate
    All over the United States
    Fathers above
    Sent her their love
    And the nun was sure to reciprocate

  • @timfatchen  Jan 28

    It's not that I'm wishing to to arrogate
    A FAWMerick in which one might castigate
    Meditations above
    And the sendings of love,
    But... shouldn't the last read re-procreate?

  • @davidbreslin101  Jan 28

    There once was a tropical strom
    With an itch to compose and perform.
    It rumbled, "I wonder,
    Can I count my thunder
    As songs, for the purpose of FAWM?"

  • @davidbreslin101  Jan 28

    Said an old-timey FAWMer, Ed Lear
    "My first line is good, but oh dear!
    It's really a shame
    That the last is the same,"
    Said that old-timey FAWMer, Ed Lear

  • @davidbreslin101  Jan 28

    Here's a third one because, what the heck
    Let's put FAWM-ku and -'rick neck and neck
    Onwards, @carleybaer
    We shall win this verse-war
    As the Irish flag flies from the deck!

  • @crisp1  Jan 28

    A priest took a walk in the willows
    And spotted a wench on some pillows
    Nine months later his shame
    Made him cop to the blame
    “These twins are my sweet peccadilloes”

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    I’m pleased to see while I slept
    Onward the FAWMericks crept
    I’ll pen one or two
    While sipping my brew
    And hope they don’t sound too inept

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    I’m getting quite a bit antsy
    To go to the upcoming dance-y
    But it won’t be long
    ‘Til the starting bell’s gong
    And FAWMers will then have their chance-y

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    OK, that last one was lame
    Twisting the rhymes for the game
    But I can’t seem to stop
    I’m afraid my next crop
    Will likely be more of the same

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    Out here in old Albuquerque
    Our tastebuds might seem a bit quirky
    We eat chile out here
    Every day of the year
    On Thanksgiving, we eat it on turkey

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    New Mexican chile, you see,
    Ends not with an “i” but an “e”
    Red chile’s quite fine
    Green chile’s divine
    We enjoy living Life spicily

  • @scubed  Jan 28

    I am no Food Network star
    But the kitchen is oft where I are
    During FAWM I must look
    For a meal I can cook
    Without putting down my guitar

  • @lowhum Jan 28

    Once there was a weary gringo
    for whom life was just not happeningo
    he had too mucho tequila
    and found himself in a villa
    with a couple of sweet twin dingo dogs both named Ringo

  • @lowhum Jan 28

    For FAWM I just use the bottle
    meals are strictly forgotten
    i give it swig
    and play D#13
    and the song writes itself from the bottom

  • @scubed  Jan 29

    I for one would be quite grateful
    For a cookbook for the FAWM faithful
    So our tummies won’t squirmish
    In the midst of a skirmish
    And we won’t end the month looking wraithful

  • @carleybaer  Jan 29

    A cookbook! “The FAWMwriter’s Diet”
    I’m almost half-tempted to try it
    “Meals fixed in a jiff
    “While you write your next riff”
    But only us FAWMers would buy it

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 29

    "The FAWMwriter's Diet?" quoth I.
    Well why don't you give this a try?
    Mix one cup of wit
    With some microphone spit*
    And bake it up in a FAWM pie.

    *apologies, but when you're reaching for that rhyme you'll go to some strange places

  • @oddbod  Jan 29

    I’ve heard of your FAWMrwriter’s Diet
    But I can’t say I’m keen to apply it
    It’s hardly nutritious
    Nor is it delicious
    But it might taste okay if you fry it

  • @barbara  Jan 29

    I leafed through “The FAWMwriter’s Diet”
    And here’s why I’m planning to buy it
    A whole section called “Chews
    To Awaken the Muse”
    And another called “Keep the House Quiet”

  • @scubed  Jan 29

    “The FAWMwriter’s Diet” is rich in
    Ideas to soothe all our food itchin’
    But Meals Ready to Eat
    Are efficient and neat
    And don’t leave a mess in the kitchen

  • @scubed  Jan 29

    From “The FAWMwriter’s Diet” I glean
    The secret to a FAWM food routine
    It’s always expedient
    To add one ingredient:
    Generous shots of caffeine

  • @scubed  Jan 29

    Checked out the news for a tick
    But it’s all too depressing and sick
    I’d best spend my time
    Practicing rhyme
    And posting one more FAWMerick

  • @scubed  Jan 29

    FAWMku has picked up the pace
    No longer are we in first place
    So here is one more
    To add to our score
    It’’s too soon to give up this race

  • @scubed  Jan 29

    Not even three days from now
    As soon as the clock will allow
    On computer or phone
    In every time zone
    FAWMers will party and how!

  • @scubed  Jan 30

    Where are the rhymers, I wonder
    They’ve scattered hither and yonder
    FAWMku’s zen song
    Keeping floating along
    And FAWMerick is fast going under

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 30

    What's with this sinking-shtick panic?
    It's not like FAWMerick's the Titantic
    It's just takes some care
    And a little fresh air
    To have it back sailing tyrranic!

  • @lowhum Jan 30

    Once there was a band called the Beatles
    They liked to park without paying the meter
    people ran after them
    causing constant mayhem
    Until they ran into a meter maid Rita

  • @lowhum Jan 30

    Once there was a FAWMerick god
    Who encouraged people to be odd
    they burnt him incense
    or whatever made sense
    And when nothing made sense they smoked pot

  • @lowhum Jan 30

    A margarita once went to a dinner
    to be drunk by an aging dulcimer
    it almost killed her
    but he had a tequila
    and peace slept with love, what a sinner!

  • @lowhum Jan 30

    Once a bunch of exhausted songwriters
    Exchanged their guitars for screwdrivers
    They drove some screws
    Up and down into their muse
    But the muse took them out with her pliers

  • @timfatchen  Jan 31

    A "nice try" to all of you
    Lifting FAWMericks into the blue.
    Though sweet while it lasted,
    It seems your hope's blasted,
    For FAWMku now bids you "adieu".

  • @crisp1  Jan 31

    The hour of truth’s drawing nigh
    Songwriters’ hopes are all high
    Once FAWM’s off and running
    We all we be gunning
    To do 14 songs on the fly

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 31

    While sitting in Europe's cold north
    I'm pond'ring (for what it is worth)
    The state of our nations
    And pray that relations
    At least will not get any worse.

  • @erbaer  Jan 31

    While waiting for FAWM to arrive
    and testing my mettle and drive
    I notice that ...HEY!
    there's a twenty-ninth day
    Now my song goal is fourteen point five

  • @theresaj  Jan 31

    I found myself sitting in a chair
    The optometrist said look and stare
    Tell me what you see
    Up there on that screen
    Perfect 2020 he declared!

  • @davidbreslin101  Jan 31

    A musical red giant star
    Joined my punk band on rhythm guitar
    But her harsh solar wind
    Burnt the Earth to a cinder
    And worse, she insulted my car.

  • @scubed  Jan 31

    Some say it’s too little, too late
    Some say we should give in to Fate
    But looking ‘round here
    I am of good cheer
    FAWMericking shall never abate!

  • @scubed  Jan 31

    FAWMkus are sometimes sublime
    But they’re short and they don’t have to rhyme
    Just count out the feet
    Five-seven-five neat
    FAWM’ricks take a little more time

  • @scubed  Jan 31

    The hours are fast counting down
    Soon FAWMers the whole world around
    Will all shout “hooray”
    And write, sing, and play
    ‘Til the final FAWM curtain comes down

  • @scubed  Jan 31

    Why am I posting a bunch?
    Perhaps I am feeling Time’s crunch
    But that’s all for now
    I’ll pull back somehow
    ‘Cause I”m getting hungry for lunch

  • @davidbreslin101  Jan 31

    Ack! the slyest of years, the Leap
    I have failed to notice it creep
    Like an icy-white tiger
    That sits down beside yer-
    That final half-song won't come cheap.

  • @emkaydeebee  Jan 31

    As 11pm draws near
    My sadness destroys all good cheer
    Europe I’m sorry
    We’ve left in a hurry
    We’ll regret it forever I fear.

  • @emkaydeebee  Jan 31

    It’s almost 11pm
    Cementing the lie: Us v Them
    But 11 to 12
    Is but one hour to dwell
    Til FAWM lightens my mood once again

  • @pabrizzer Jan 31

    lit'rature's lowest form is the lim'rick
    tis trite, formulaic, a gimmick
    if one follows the rule
    almost any dull fool
    can pain on the reader inflict

  • @scubed  Jan 31

    I’m sad for you @emkaydeebee
    This break-up is so hard to see
    Meanwhile over here
    Pure madness, I fear
    I can’t bear to turn on my TV

  • @scubed  Jan 31

    @pabrizzer there’s no one would say
    This thread has high art on display
    But each silly jape
    Is for some an escape
    If one doesn’t like it, don’t play

  • @scubed  Feb 1

    Out here in New Mexico
    With caffeine I’ll be ready to go
    ‘Though 5 a.m.’s early
    I’ll be bright-eyed and squirrelly
    Oh, FAWM! How I've missed you so

  • @timfatchen  Feb 1

    "Please join me in showing your scores"
    @musicsongwriter implores
    So I've counted the cost
    And FAWMerick's lost
    As cunning FAWMku's score just soars.

    https://fawm.org/forums/topic/9954/

  • @scubed  Feb 1

    A premature FAWMku coronet!
    @timfatchen , it ain’t over yet
    Who crosses the line
    On Feb 29
    Will claim the crown and win the bet

  • @timfatchen  Feb 1

    There once was a troll with a boat
    (He'd bought it by hocking his goats)
    Sailed into this thread
    And gleefully said
    "I've only come over to gloat!"

  • @timfatchen  Feb 7

    FAWMerick languishes sadly,
    For five whole days now have passed badly
    Since the troll in his boat
    Rowed over the moat
    To proffer a helping hand gladly.

  • @scubed  Feb 7

    FAWMerick lags, it is true
    @timfatchen it’s so kind of you
    To give it a roll
    You’re such a nice troll
    And I know how you favor FAWMku

  • @scubed  Feb 7

    I suppose I should scribble some verse
    Before FAWMerick gets any worse
    I’ve left it an orphan
    While Sin-in’ and Morph-in’
    Now FAWMku is way out in first

  • @complexissimple  Feb 7

    Does the poetry count really matter?
    I can scarce think of anything sadder
    When you're scribing your climb
    To sublime or to rhyme
    Than to count all the rungs on the ladder

  • @lowhum Feb 7

    all the 'rickers got something to do
    and it pains me to be one of them, too
    coz when muses do hit you
    you just want to write hits, yeah
    and all else seems to 'rick out of view

  • @complexissimple  Feb 8

    I wrote this two hours ago, but had a keyboard malfunction.

    I had half an hour post skirmish B
    To eat breakfast and join skirmish C
    Now I've less than five minutes
    To get myself in it
    So I'd best get this apple in me

  • @timfatchen  Feb 14

    It's nearly a week, I think
    Since FAWMerick started to sink
    I'd help if I could
    Indeedy I would
    But my brain's been blown up by the PINK!

  • @scubed  Feb 14

    @timfatchen, alas, you are right
    FAWMerick’s been out of sight
    FAWMku’s on a roll
    It’s top of the poll
    Not many mourn FAWMerick’s plight

  • @scubed  Feb 14

    I’ll say what I’ve said before
    RE FAWMku’s still-climbing score
    It don’t take much time
    To write lines that don’t rhyme
    Low verse requires a bit more

  • @timfatchen  Feb 14

    The worm at the core of Fawm-E-rick
    It drives all its writers hysteric.
    So many lines
    And meters and rhymes....
    They'd rather be writing a lyric.

  • @scubed  Feb 14

    When lyrics are more of a magnet
    FAWMerick’s the loser - oh, dang it!
    Perhaps just as well
    This reads like pure hell
    Would be twenty times worse if I sang it

  • @timfatchen  Feb 15

    Wiliam Schwenk Gilbert tried more,
    Using limericks in Savoy scores
    "You must stir it and stump it
    And blow your own trumpet"
    You'll find that in "Ruddigore"

    [The quote is from:
    "If you wish in this world to advance,
    Your merits you're bound to enhance;
    You must stir it and stump it,
    And blow your own trumpet,
    Or, trust me, you haven't a chance."
    (A song my parents carefully steered me away from ..."good work is its own reward", they lied.) ]

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 16

    There was a songwriter who sighed,
    "While online I can peacefully hide,
    If I go on the stage
    With my FAWM lyrics page,
    I fear I shall be custard-pied."

  • @lowhum Feb 17

    once there was a girl called Petunia
    she met a boy whose name was Neptunian
    they sat on a piano
    adopting iguanas
    founding the Almost Full Moon Union

  • @timfatchen  Feb 18

    I've gotten another I've written
    And with it, my lover, she's smitten
    She carries it home
    And leaves me alone....
    Such abandonment leaves me spittin'!

  • @scubed  Feb 19

    Alas, I’m not Gilbert or Sullivan
    Can’t write witty lyrics like they can
    Or “could,” I should say
    They’re long since away
    To stage shows for the great Angel Band

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 20

    I teamed up with a Tyrannosaurus
    And some falcon-faced fellow named Horus
    To assemble a song
    Twenty-seven hours long
    But I still can't remember the chorus!

  • @lowhum Feb 20

    Them choruses surely take time
    rosemary, parsley and thyme
    once you've written a verse
    just sing it in reverse
    and then add a couple of lines

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 21

    When I needed a rhyme for "geranium,"
    The best I could find was "uranium."
    With a growl and a curse
    I deleted that verse,
    Thus relieving the strain on my cranium.

  • @lowhum Feb 21

    Them rhymes are a pressure indeed
    When you're out of weed
    So stick to vodka
    Or instead write a postcard
    Send it back to yourself when in need

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 21

    A foolish young man from Aruba
    Once got stuck down an oversized tuba.
    They manage to blow
    Him out, fortissimo
    Thus propelling him halfway to Cuba.

  • @scubed  Feb 22

    FAWM is a most joyful time!
    The songwriting party’s sublime
    There is one small problem:
    When i’m deep in FAWMin’
    I send all my emails in rhyme

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 22

    There once was a singer whose throat
    Was too sore to produce one more note.
    Still he croaked and he crowed
    'Till an amorous toad
    Overheard, and leered "Luv, get yer coat."

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 28

    A careless young FAWMer from Norwich
    Dropped his fourteenth song into his porridge
    Where it bobbed 'midst the oats
    Like some bibulous boat.
    To dive in for it took all his courage.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 29

    There once was a sink in IKEA
    We wished it would come a bit nearer
    But for all that we strive
    It doesn't arrive...
    It's prob'ly not left the Crimea

  • @timfatchen  Feb 29

    If it seems io you that I'm not happy,
    That my heart's cries are just a bit sappy
    I invite you to think:
    One kitchen. No sink.
    And you'll see why my mindset's gone crappy.

  • @scubed  Feb 29

    A kitchen that's sink-less is madness
    Slow-poke IKEA gives sadness
    May this soon be behind you
    And a new day soon find you
    Enjoying your new sink with gladness

    [The FAWMerick is crap, but the sentiment is genuine, @timfatchen]

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 29

    There once was a writer of lyrics
    Who lamented, "My victory's Phyrric,
    For my comical side
    Leaves the crowd misty-eyed
    While a dirge sends them into hysterics."

  • @lowhum Feb 29

    once there was an astrologer from egypt
    who wrote all celestial melodies as digits
    then he wrote some more
    and sat on some shore
    and saw a midget chasing some pidgeons

  • @scubed  Mar 1

    This evening the FAWM party ends
    And we say good-bye to our friends
    It’s been quite an affair
    As we come up for air
    Here’s hoping no one gets the bends

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