February’s Haiku Invitational was such a rewarding experience for the Brooks Literary Panel that the decision has been quickly reached to swap some more of our fine cycling equipment for poetry. But what sort of poem this time?
Torn between Petrarchan Sonnet and Pindaric Ode, we agreed in the end to shelve both forms, and are in the happy position of being able to announce that between now and Saint Patrick’s Day next week (March 17th) our Comments Section will be the place to go with your Brooks Saddle Limericks.
The Limerick is rightfully regarded as the Thinking Man’s haiku. More lines, more syllables, the thing has to rhyme a bit, too.
It’s probably accurate to say that a Limerick can often give the impression of whimsicality, of bawdiness, or of having been tossed off at short notice, but we are confident that our eventual winners will manage to forge pieces in the smithy of their souls that will resonate with beauty, with depth, and with truth through the ages to come.
And if they can manage to shoehorn a gratuitous nod to the world’s finest leather bike saddles somewhere along the way, then so much the better.
We have hardly any rules. Don’t start your Limerick with “There was a…”, “There were…”, “There once was a…”, or “There once were…”, and try not to rhyme “Brooks” with any conjugate of the “F-word”.
Whenever I’ve eaten a steak
For dessert it’s a Cadbury’s Flake
Cos the two of them rhyme
And I don’t have much time
Hold on, is that Brooks real or fake?
This is nowhere near the quality we’ll be looking for. In fact, a lot of online betting exchanges have already seen large sums of money wagered on its winning the Wooden Spoon. And this with the Starter’s Flag not yet even raised! So, very bad, but technically a Brooks Saddle Limerick. You can all do better than this.
Incidentally, we gather Andrea will in the coming weeks have some stern words to say on the general subject of the final line.
But for now it’s all still fun and games. Did we mention the prizes? They’re rather special. You’ll hear more about them before the 17th.