(Warning: Ribaldry Abounds)

End this war-making refuse to moan
Sex-strike tease (blue ball squeeze) leave alone
Peace took Athens and Sparta
Through subversive carta
Men cry mercy! erections known

Limerick based on the play Lysistrata by the ‘Father of Comedy’ Aristophanes. Lysistrata convinces the women of Athens and Sparta to end the Peloponnesian War by refusing to have sex with their husbands. The old women take over the Acropolis which houses the treasury so the men can no longer fund the war. Many men show up, with erections, to plead for their wives to grant them sex (and lure them out of the Acropolis). Peace is the name of Lysistrata’s naked handmaid who successfully distracts the sex-crazed men while a new map (carta) is drawn on her body. Once drawn the sides form a new accord and the battle of the sexes also ends. This is linked to the Form for All challenge at dVerse Poets Pub and is my first limerick so I took some liberties. I’m sure I’ll improve with renewed application :P. http://dversepoets.com/2012/03/22/formforall-how-to-write-a-limerick/ After a couple of awfully clever limericks in the comment boxes below I came up with this:

 Part 2 (Maybe the chorus of Old Women?):

See man’s dignity stripped for a blow
He wants sex now he’s taut watch the show
Oh he’s craving a tumbler
That abstinent bumbler
We’ll taunt him that groveling schmoe!