Poetry. Drawings by Peter Szasz. As many have noted, limericks seem to be programmed in our genes. And interestingly, nonbawdy or "clean" limericks, or as Bob Scher calls them, limes, predate the bawdy ones. Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, and W.S. Gilbert all employed perfect or nearperfect limes in their works. However, a lime capable of standing on its own requires a twist or a neat turn in the last line, which is true of none of the above. Nor was it necessary since in these cases the verses are all part of longer works, some consisting entirely of limes. These are limes in form, but not in essence.
Bob Scher is the author of several books of nonfiction and poetry, including The Fear of Cooking, The Little Know-How Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get By in Life from Changing a Tire to Figuring a Tip to Tying Your Shoes, LIGHTNING: THE NATURE OF LEADERSHIP, THERE'S A HOLE IN YOUR SKY, and AS IF THE SKY WERE OPEN: SELECTED POEMS. His articles and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Parabola, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and The American Mathematical Monthly. Previously, Bob scripted and directed award-winning documentary films, one of which, narrated by Orson Welles, is in three international film museums, including La Cinémathèque Française and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He now consults for Browser Books Publishing, functioning as an editor and overseeing its marketing efforts. Author City: CORTE MADERA, CA USA