Laetitia was riding the Southwest Chief heading for Santa Fe when she was seated opposite Bob in the dining car. Their conversation revealed that in addition to being a teacher and 5-string banjo player, he was a limericist. When she offered to post one of his limericks on the Mind’s Eye Limerick Tours website, he accepted. She wrote her own limerick to accompany his.
Bob Pearse, with his Devonshire name
And kinfolk of Widecombe Fair fame,
Plays banjo with a band
In Illinois land
And is now in the limerick game.
Here is Bob’s limerick: (two bee red allowed)
Eye chews two root bye male
Eh morn full berth dei tail.
Wee flu threw passed daze
Wile thyme boar hour pore weighs
Week ayes, ore sloe harts witch ale.
If a translation is needed…
I choose to route by mail
a mournful birthday tale.
We flew through past days
while time bore our poor ways
weak eyes, or slow hearts which ail.