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Starting at the Finnish

To keep your fingers limber as another Minnesota winter approaches, MinnPost will hold a writing competition of sorts every two weeks. As your genial but peculiar host, I will suggest both a subject that has been in the news recently and a required form for the entries. On one occasion it might be a limerick; another time it could be an anagram, or maybe a “what he said, what he meant.” It won’t be a sonnet, at least not very often.

The idea is for you to come up with something that is both meaningful and at least a little amusing. Preferably a lot amusing. I will on each occasion provide a bottom-of-the-barrel example.

Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Thursday. Send them to asicherman [at] minnpost [dot] com. I and my vast staff will meet in the MinnPost basement and in our great wisdom select the five best entries, which will be posted next Monday. MinnPost readers will then get to vote for their favorite. A week later we’ll announce the winner — and the next contest.

Blindfolds in place, panel? OK, here’s your first challenge. To start things off on the right foot, it’s a nice slow one right over the plate:

Three Finnish acoustic musicians have filed a formal complaint with the U.S. embassy in Helsinki after they were subjected to two hours of harsh interrogation by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Twin Cities’ airport. Let’s have your thoughts in limerick form.

For (lousy) example:

Three musicians arrived in our nation,
Their first stop: MSP Immigration.
Which accused these nice Finns
Of unspeakable sins,
Just because they lacked amplification.

Surely you can do lots better than that! Next week we’ll post what we think are the five best (or worst) entries and let you vote for the winner, who will walk (or run) away with an inestimably valuable MinnPost T-shirt.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Bridget Fensholt on 11/12/2007 - 01:57 pm.

    This would be the second verse to yours:

    They said to our guy in Helsinki

    The way we’ve been treated is stinky

    We need some a-tone-ment

    For our tour’s postponement

    We can’t play ’cause our thumbs are too inky!

  2. Submitted by Drake Drake on 11/15/2007 - 09:50 am.

    So when you fly into our state
    You’ll find you will wait at the gate
    Our security is lax
    They don’t have the facts
    So you wait and you wait and you wait

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