Some reasons are easily told
Why I am always so bold
To speak out the loudest,
To simply be proudest,
And all the attention to hold:
For I am the oldest of four
And no one can come through the door
Who’s nearly as great
Since I’m six foot eight!
However, I must tell you more…
I know that pride is the worst sin.
It besets me day out and day in.
But how can I fight it,
Or try to deny it:
I’m tall, dark, and handsome–and thin!
But most think one eighth of a ton
Is NOT slim, and that I’ve begun
And really I’m tall, bald, and dumb…
Okay, I admit that I’m fat.
My head is too big for my hat.
for all but my size–
My parents at birth gave me that.
[5 limericks for Lent]
– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, March 14, 2015