- A Bear Hug For You (Poem)by Rosemary Everson1
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Dual Limericks: Hugging Day
A Bear Hug For You (Poem) by Rosemary Everson1
Dueling Limericks: Hugging Day! writing prompt entry

Boys and Girls Club's brown teddy bear
Sits patiently waiting on a small chair
Must give lots of bear hugs
 To children cute as a bug
Desiring to touch the child's curly hair

Another black teddy bear gives smugs
Ready to sweep the love under the rugs
Eyes stare, someone comes near
Stops closeness, no cheer
Just wants to be alone, no hugs


Writing Prompt
That's right, folks! January 21st is officially 'Naional Hugging Day'! In honor of such an awesome occasion, this contest is:

a pair of limericks, one from each of two entities: one that's the hugger and one that may or may not need/want a hug!

Remember, a limerick is a form of verse, usually humorous and frequently rude, in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme. Also, lines 1,2 and 5 should have 7 - 10 syllables and lines 3 and 4 should have 5 - 7 syllables (see example below).

The form was popularized by Edward Lear in the 19th Century. Here is one of his many limericks:

There was a Young Person of Smyrna
Whose grandmother threatened to burn her.
But she seized on the cat,
and said 'Granny, burn that!
You incongruous old woman of Smyrna!'

So, get that pen moving on your two limericks about a face-off between the hugger and to-be-hugged (and, yeah, it can certainly be at least one-half autobiographical!). Remember, your goal is make us laugh, make us gasp, and most of all: make us vote for yours!

Here's the website if you don't believe me about the day (LOL!!):

Author Notes
I love the teddy bears. Younkers use to sell bears for the Boys and Girls Club. Differences of character in the two stanzas. The first verse: the bear loves bear hugs; the second: the bear doesn't like hugs.


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