in Limerick Form
written and read by
ELISABETH ADKINS NEWMAN
August 7, 2005
A reunion with all of our kin,
Young and old, short and tall, thick and thin.
We're discussing which Marquez
Is really the darquez,
And why Anglo genes always win!
We'll party until they arrest us,
Marquez, Ruybal, Newman, and Maestas,
And fight tooth and fang
With Banks, Lynch, and Lang
Over whose Grandma cookies are bestas!
It's part of the family saga
At reunions to drink ourselves gaga
With highballs and wine,
And Coronas with lime,
And whiskey and Pilsner and "laga."
You'll notice peculiar sensations
When plunged in a sea of relations.
Your confidence quails
As your character fails
The scrutiny of four generations!
This year you stayed home? That's okay,
For now you're discussed night and day.
It'd be such a shame
If everyone came,
And left us with nothing to say!
Most of the slanders and foibles
Are blamed on long-suffering Ruybals.
They'll look right at you,
Insist it ain't true,
And swear on a whole stack of Boibles.
Those noble, wise elders are actors
Their saintliness due to few factors--
To make your past pure
The strategy's sure--
You have to outlive your detractors!
We're sure you'll attend, we don't doubt you,
We won't have to threaten or clout you--
Next time that we gather
We know you would rather
Our gossip be to than about you!
A cheer for Louise and Joanne
Who came up with this wonderful plan!
They wined us and dined us
To gently remind us,
We're part of a helluva clan!
Thanks Elizabeth Both the Song and the Limerick are GREAT!!