A Limerick A Day



The Taoiseach has had to explain
Why won’t bring his shamrock by plane
A wee bit of snow
Means that plan’s a no-go
So he’ll have to make do with a train.

John Moynes

Pic: BBC



Scenes Of Moderate Violence, the debut collection of poems from John Moynes (above), is currently being crowdfunded.

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19 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Eamonn Clancy

    Publishing your own poetry is a cop out and the work will never be taken seriously. Writers must take the route every other published poet has taken or forever spend the rest of their days outside Bewelys hawking their books for sale to passersby.

    1. This monkey's gone to heaven

      Isn’t this being crowdfunded?

      In that case it’s not really vanity publishing is it?

      However don’t let that prevent you from attacking the artist guy (who works for Broadsheet and therefore can’t really hit back to defend himself) but, who, (based on the overwhelming evidence of this thread alone :( 0 ) is probably better than you in every single respect apart from his ability to make hairdressers appointments.

    2. Brother Barnabas

      Publishing has changed, Eamon, and self-publishing is pretty much the only route now for poetry, especially.

      And crowd-funded stuff is very different to vanity-publishing, which JM’s stuff clearly isn’t.

    3. Drebbin

      Other unkempt no-hopers who published their own poetry include Byron, Shelley, Eliot, Poe and all three Bronte sisters. I haven’t included Yeats, because he got his dad to pay.

    4. De Kloot

      Some of the very best Irish Poetry I’ve ever owned read was self-published by Pat Ingoldsby. It’s more a reflection of your own character that you could be so dismissive of a poet like Pat and how he chose to share his work.

    5. MoyestWithExcitement

      There are so many failed right wing artists out there. You’re one, I’m guessing?

    1. Rob_G

      I didn’t like the limericks initially for a fair while, but they are kind of growing on me now

  2. martco

    The Scots gave the Tories a shock
    ‘Cos they won’t get back in their box
    But in order to do that
    You need a leader not a prat
    Nicola Sturgeon for Taoiseach!

    I’ll get me coat, thanks

    1. This monkey's gone to heaven

      Sturgeon. Kind of a fish.
      Gave Old Hibernians their wish.
      Said: “Brits don’t give a shiiite
      EU will bribe yous to unite.
      Then we’ll all be Scotland-Ireland-ish”.

  3. Peter Dempsey

    “Moynes has no children, but one of his poems is framed on the wall of his local, which in his eyes is a far greater achievement”

    The above is a chilling insight into Moynes’ misanthropic character.

  4. blastoff memes

    I love how the biggest of mouths
    Are always bereft of self-doubts
    Like as if they had ever
    Had creative endeavour.
    Instead they’re just Internet Louts.

    Keep on rocking John.
    There’s poetry in poetry.

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