I spent last week in Houston, attending The Nature Conservancy’s Global Science Gathering. It was a great meeting and I came away with lots of ideas for thought-provoking blog posts. This isn’t one of them.
One night at dinner, in the midst of a wide-ranging discussion, a friend mentioned participating in a challenge to turn scientific journal articles into poems. Without really meaning to, I immediately composed a bad limerick about the value of fire in prairies. (I’m not really right in the head.) Since that night, my brain keeps trying to write more limericks about prairies. Rather than keep all the fun to myself, I thought maybe we could turn it into a communal activity.
As a result, I’m introducing The Prairie Ecologist’s first annual Prairie Limerick Contest. Send me your best prairie-themed limericks in the comments section below and I’ll pick out my favorites to share in an upcoming post.
Here’s an example to get your creative juices flowing:
Joe loved prairies with flowers and bees,
But his poor kids were filled with unease
“We hate this,” they chorused
“Let’s move to the forest!”
He said “Sure, just get rid of the trees!”
I should mention, this contest is sponsored by Pete’s Plants, a totally fake company that offers everything you need for establishing a backyard prairie garden or large-scale grassland restoration project. In addition to their sponsorship, Pete’s Plants even provided their own limerick (below). Thank you to Pete and all his staff!