The unusual reception of my Rally Day collection has encouraged me to undertake a new anthology for grown-ups in the Sunday School. Since the classical limerick form is ideal for the width of this column, I plan to devote a major section to Sunday School limericks.
Your cooperation is invited in this venture, which already promises to be the outstanding limerick collection of the decade on this subject. Entries may be submitted on discarded Sunday School papers retrieved from the church lawn or parking lot. Limericks will be judged as to poetic structure (five anapaestic lines: 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet and rhyme; 3 and 4 are of two feet and rhyme), incisiveness, and gentle charm. Get the swing of it from the samples below and send your entries before midnight to the undersigned.
There was a Beginner named Muntz
Who never missed Sunday School once;
His award bars galore
At last reached to the floor
From the stool where he sat as a dunce.
A teacher in primary grades
Loved audio-visual aids;
She never was seen,
For the filmstrips and screen
Required that she keep down the shades.
The committee conducted research
In the basement of Center Street church,
And it silenced the noise
Of the chairs and the boys
With rubbers and switches of birch.
Librarian Lillian Gray
Read three Christian novels a day.
When asked to explain,
She replied with disdain,
“Don’t you think I am earning my pay?”
Mrs. Fixture’s been teaching for years
Countless classes of Primary dears,
And now it appears
That if she perseveres
Our whole staff will be leaving in tears.
Our class always meets to discuss
All the problems related to us.
We can get most involved,
Although nothing is solved
And we seldom remember the fuss.
Professor Clark points out that ...1
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