Party Dactyl
by Ken Arneson
2004-04-22 0:28

I don’t know if I should thank or curse George Wallace for turning me on to double dactyls. It’s pretty addictive form to write in.

They’re similar to limericks, but the requirement that one line be a single six-syllable word makes double dactyls harder to write.

The scarcity of those six-syllable words make them valuable. Now, every time I hear a six-syllable word with the ON-off-off-ON-off-off beat needed, I feel compelled to build a double dactyl poem around it. Can’t let a word like that go to waste.

And hence:

Wishy-in-Washington?
What should we dub it when
people in politics
stay unaligned?

Right-leaning Democrat?
South Park Republican?
Liberaltarian?
Make up your mind!

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