From the “be careful what you ask for” department, the Supreme Executive Committee sent out a call for Brigid/Bonhoeffer limericks. This difficult choice has people in a poetic mood. Below are a few items that have come our way. Here at Lent Madness we’re always trying to make people famous (even if we don’t have your last name).
From Sister Mary Winifred (an outspoken Brigid proponent):
In her mind, a great lake of ale,
A resource never to fail,
A drink for the Three
With some left for thee,
A wondrous, heavenly grail.
Undercroft York Minster
an encounter with Brigid
Blessing through all time
From Joe Stroud
The SEC asked for a limerick.
I thought, “To write one would be quick.”
“Cheap grace,” “Lake of beer?”
‘Tis too tough, I fear,
Too bad we can’t vote a split tick(et).
This actual limerick(!) came with a disclaimer: “OK, it’s ALMOST a limerick; and, it’s the best I could do in a hurry!” and a word of encouragement: “But, seriously, thanks, SEC, for a wonderfully educational AND fun Lenten discipline.”
From Elizabeth Davidson:
St. Brigid was a fine Irish lass,
Who hosted the needy with class.
While Bonhoeffer was brave
all the way to the grave,
this sweet maiden should still kick his ass.
From Mary J:
I dreamed of a great lake of ale
It may have been India Pale.
May a beverage no fitter
Than these waters of bitter
Slake the thirst of the Saints who prevail!
From the Rev. Lou Florio, Pastor of Messiah Lutheran in Mechanicsville, VA:
There once a bracket with Bs
– A Brigid and Bonhoeffer tease.
Both seemed real great
for Elate 8.
But voting for just one? Oh, please!
From Peggy Varien and Bronwyn Skov:
Ode to St. Brigid
The Bride of Kildare became Abbess,
Providing beer during Lent for the masses;
Also known as a scholar
Ever faithful to the Psalter,
She also gave voices to dumb lasses.
Dietrich was faithful to Jesus,
And found Adolph Hitler most grievous;
A fan of the bull fight
He plotted to incite
A movement of resistance most specious.
In the madness of Lent we must choose.
Will Brigid or Bonhoeffer lose?
The contest is fair.
You should vote for Kildare!
Of this we strongly approve.
Thank you to all of our contributors! Fans of Lent Madness are an aboundingly creative lot.