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Kim Jong-un (left) and half-brother Kim Jong-nam (right)

The traitor known as Kim Jong Nam
Spent several years on the lam
But got into a scrape
That he couldn’t escape
To his killer we say “Thank you Ma’am”.

John Moynes

Pics: AP

29 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Harry Molloy

    “Thank you Ma’am”?

    Some picture, looks like he would have been more craic than his little bro, poor lad just wanted to go to Disney Land

    1. Nigel

      According to Wikipedia, so take it for what it’s worth, he was removed as heir because he was open to reforms and market-opening, whatever that might mean. He also claimed to have no interest in power, which may have been his ultimately futile way of saying ‘please don’t assassinate me, little brother.’ A notoriously extravagant playboy as well, which, considering he was living off the backs of one of the most horribly oppressed peoples on the planet today, makes sympathy on a personal level quite difficult, for all that it’s probably a brutal bit of power-consolidation-by-fratricide on his brother’s part.

        1. Nigel

          It only emphasises how utterly lawless, reckless and unaccountable people with that kind of power are, so there’s nothing good about it. (Assuming it was his brother which, y’know…)

        1. Enter Sandman

          You can count on me for support to point out this hypocrisy. I’ve already had a blazing row with “Anne” and survived so I’m up for anyone!

    1. Nigel

      At the risk of being over-literary, the use of the term ‘traitor’ in the first line, suggests that the poet is employing a convention whereby speaker of the limerick is a supporter of Kim Jong Un, if not Kim Jon Un himself; it is therefore not out of character for the poem to use both the royal ‘we’ and express gratitude to the murderess. Or maybe Moynes really didn’t like the guy, I don’t know. Please bear in mind that the author is dead, and so is the subject of this limerick.

        1. Nigel

          Absolutely no length whatsoever. We’ll use satire, bathos, alliteration, iambic pentameter, and first person plural pronouns to justify our moral decrepitude! HAHAHHAHA.

  2. Daddy

    Look. Let’s face it. We like having a North Korea.

    It’s the last totalitarian Communist state left with proper despot with weird tastes in things and inventive assassination techniques such as execution by aircraft gun or by dog mauling. A compliant zombie like population who can be off to the gulags for laughing or turning left on Wednesdays.

    Also, the bleak Communist post modernist architecture and army vehicles from a bygone era make cool Twitter and Instagram browsing.

    You know it’s true.

  3. bisted

    …did the assassin have an Irish passport…the travel document of choice for pariah-state-sponsored killers…

  4. Ben Redmond

    He was living with a lot of money that came somehow from North Korea. Lots of peasant farmers are living below the breadline throughout that crazily ruled state. What will now happen to the foreign assets of the assassinated Jung-one?

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