Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bye Bye Wordy

There was a young lad from Japan
whose verses they never would scan
When he was asked why
he said, with a sigh
"Darn it all, I just can't help trying to get as many words as I possibly, possibly can in the last line."

April Fools! This limerick was recited by Psycho-Criminologist Carl Palmberg (Theodore Bikel) to Barbara Graham (Susan Hayward) in the based-on-fact I Want to Live! (Robert Wise, 1958). Graham was on death row at the time, so cramming as much as possible into the "last line" took on added meaning.


Jack Veasey said...

I love the title!

surly hack said...

Thanks. The titles are often the last things I write, as well as the hardest to come up with.