IVP - Strangely Dim - Limerick-ick-ick-ick-ick-ick

July 16, 2008


Lisa's birthday generated a melee of limericks, if you can imagine such a thing. Here's what our precocious intern Tait offered with a corresponding "Boo yah!"

There once was a woman named Lisa
Who just like the Tower of Pisa
despite all her faults
such as half-tilted vaults
was loved just like Mother Theresa

There once was a poem about "Rieck"
whose poetry some thought did reek
But the rest they knew better
He'd been forced to a fetter
for the rhymings were awe-ful-ly bleak


Then there were my two weak entries:

There once was a woman named Lisa
whose bank card was branded with Visa.
She enjoys when she thinks just as much as hot drinks
Her Secretary of State's name is Condaleeza.

There once was a last name of "Rieck"
Whose pronunciation was quite a trick.
Pick one vowel or the other, but if I had my druthers,
With the family's first names I would stick.


And then Lisa counterattacked:

There once was a guy folks called Chamberlain
Who interned until others came for him
They needed his skills;
They paid him in bills
And their workplace was never the same again.

You may have heard of our friend Zimmerman
Once a year he'd take pretzels and simmer them
In chocolate so sweet,
And then offer the treat
To his friends--whose waists weren't any trimmer then.

I knew of a fellow named Tait.
New macros he liked to create.
When he set a decree
British us would all flee,
Leaving books in a much cleaner state.

IVP has an editor, Dave,
Who works hard in an effort to save
An author's good name.
Dave will increase their fame
As each day on their book he does slave
Any other takers? It's like the name game, only different. Keep it clean; that's all we ask.
There once was a genre called "limerick"
That plagued the strange-witted and dimly quick.
To rhyme stringy surnames--
Both his-names and her-names--
Proved not to be everyone's bailywick.
Posted by Dave Zimmerman at July 16, 2008 12:38 PM Bookmark and Share


The best I can d,o knowing only one employee:

There once was a pair from a 'burb.
Both worked with a group so superb.
With kids cute as can be
And a "u" for an "ee"
Fans must queue for miles from their curb.

(Perhaps to adopt damaged books? Or to bring gifts for the whole office?! Who knows...)

Comment by: Ashleigh at July 16, 2008 10:54 PM

For Joel, on the announcement of his departure:

There once was a editor named Joel
Who left his poor friends with a hole.
He said, “I’m going away,
And I have no more to say.”
And now they all call him a troll.

We once had a friend called Scandrett
Whose presence none soon will forget.
His office is hollow
He’ll be gone on the morrow
But really we’re not too upset.

(Ha ha! Just kidding Joel - you know you’ll be missed dearly!)

Comment by: Kristie B at July 17, 2008 1:57 PM

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. IVP Academic is losing one of its beloved editors and accepting applications for a replacement. Here's the unofficial announcement:

IVP has an open position
that's because of employee attrition.
If you've once dissertated--
bad spelling you've hated--
please send your employment submission!

Comment by: Dave at July 17, 2008 2:19 PM

There once was an org: IVP
That I loved much as an employee.
But time came for a change
Even though it felt strange
To leave that most fair company.

It's the friends I've made that I'll miss most
Dave, Lisa, even Jim Sire's ghost!
They're such great folks, you see
And mean so much to me
Even when they do set me to roast.

Comment by: Joel Scandrett at July 17, 2008 2:39 PM

I am so bad at limericks, but here goes:

Ashleigh has an IVP obsession,
Reading IVP books by the dozen.
She's a book geek and blogger
She's headed to Fuller
We call her the IVP super-fan!

Comment by: Al Hsu at July 24, 2008 9:58 AM

But, lo, an obsession more crazed
Took over each month's first of days
And so saying rabbit
Became quite a habit
Outsiders are vexed by their ways.

Comment by: Ashleigh at July 24, 2008 8:23 PM

(Despite my obvious defensiveness/accusing others of penchants for much more ridiculous things, I am mostly proud to be an IVP Super-Fan. It IS embarrassing on occasion: for ex, when I go into full-out IVP marketing mode on my friends. But, thankfully, they usually give me some grace since they like your books, too. :o)

Comment by: Ashleigh at July 24, 2008 8:39 PM

That might be the best one yet, Ashleigh.

Comment by: Dave at July 28, 2008 2:23 PM

If only you were giving books away for prizes...

Comment by: Ashleigh at July 30, 2008 7:43 AM

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Behind the Strangeness

Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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