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Limerick Challenge – Poor Dwight

Here is a limerick I wrote for Mind and Life Matters’ limerick challenge! The prompt word for this week is “colour” (well, “color” actually).

I’ve pushed it a bit this time. I had to use “coder” because “programmer” has too many syllables (still a valid word but less frequently used perhaps) and I’ve assumed that a self-aware robot might reasonably regard said coder to be their mother. Ahem :-).

Click on the blue froggy to see this week’s other limericks!

There once was a robot called Dwight
Who saw life in stark black and white
When a coder, his “mother”
Switched his firmware to colour
His diodes blew up from the fright!


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  1. June 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Aww, poor Dwight. 😆

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 2, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Cute! And, yes, poor robot. I’m also glad you didn’t put coder at the end and take a predictable route of coder-odor. Or, I guess you could have thrown GoT in there . . . coder-Hodor for a near-rime. (Which now makes me sad, considering . . .sorry.)


    • June 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Coder-odour sounds nasty 🙂
      I’ve heard rumours of Hodor but I don’t have Sky so I have to wait until I can buy the latest series off Amazon Streaming 😦

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      • June 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        Sounds like a plan to get the series. Or get a ba-na-na pI set up (you’re technically proficient, so wouldn’t be a problem for you)? I hyphenated deliberately there.


        • June 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm

          I Googled that and think I found the right thing! GoT is still only available in the UK via Sky though, which is expensive on top of my Netflix and Amazon subscriptions and requires a satellite dish 😦


  3. Holly
    June 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Sometimes ignorance is bliss!


    • June 3, 2016 at 6:43 am

      He was perfectly happy with glorious blank-and-white-o-vision 🙂


  4. June 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I’m surprised this didn’t happen to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz….


    • June 3, 2016 at 6:44 am

      That would have made for a more fun film. “My eyes, my eyes…” kablooie!


  5. June 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Great limerick, it’s got a good beat to it.


    • June 3, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Thanks, I always try hard to get the rhythm right 🙂


  6. June 3, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Works for me 🙂


  7. Lyn
    June 3, 2016 at 1:41 am

    LOL poor Dwight; his Mummy should have gradually introduced the colour instead of all in one hit. Your limerick has a delightful cadence 🙂


    • June 3, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Yeah, she should have turned it up a shade at a time. Poor Dwight.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  8. June 3, 2016 at 5:18 am

    That was hilarious, Ali, although I did feel sorry for poor Dwight. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    • June 3, 2016 at 6:48 am

      At least he got to see a world of colour before he blew to bits 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  9. gentlestitches
    June 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Extremely witty, amusing and VERY clever! Have you read Les Mis? I immediately thought of the police officer whose worldview is challenged and he leaps to his death. Having a pre existing paradigm challenged can be catastrophic. Even in robots apparently. I agree with Lyn. Thanks for the clever laffs:-D


    • June 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

      No, I haven’t read Les Mis. It’s hard for many people (and robots) to cope when their entire world view is shattered/altered. It reminded me of a Red Dwarf episode (“The Last Day”) where an android shuts down when he’s told there is no Silicon Heaven (“No Silicon Heaven? Then where do all the calculators go?”)
      I’m glad you enjoyed my little limerick!

      Liked by 1 person

      • gentlestitches
        June 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

        I too remember that episode. 😀


  10. June 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Ha! Now that’s a clever take on the prompt. 😀


  11. June 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Hahahaha! Cute!


  12. June 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    LOL! I feel bad for poor Dwight but love this limerick. Well done!


    • June 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Sadly Dwight is in bits but I’m glad you liked the limerick!


  13. June 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Very, very Cute! ❤


  14. June 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Poor Dwight! Although mommy did that with good intention, Coder should’ve taken it slow! Being an IT Analyst, I can relate to why Dwight blew up! 😀 😀


    • June 4, 2016 at 5:19 am

      Yes, she should have introduced his new colour-capabilities one bit at a time 🙂
      We’re in similar professions by the sound of it! And thanks for choosing my limerick for shared second place 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  15. June 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Ha! Well done 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  16. June 5, 2016 at 2:40 am

    What a fun limerick!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. June 5, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Oh so fun! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. June 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Nice twist calling the coder his “mother”.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 6, 2016 at 7:03 am

      I’ve seen similar in various sci-fi stuff, and I needed the rhyme 🙂 It freaks me out a bit, actually!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. June 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Such a sad end for Dwight, He sounded like a nice, friendly kind of robot. But what kind of ‘mother’ did the poor guy have to cause her own ‘son’ to blow up? Ha! You’re really good at writing Limericks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 8, 2016 at 7:33 am

      I’m hoping she can fix him, he does seem like “a good sort” 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  20. June 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Aww, poor Dwight! Your limericks are great fun, Ali 🙂


    • June 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      We have the technology – we can rebuild him! All we need is 6 million dollars…

      Liked by 1 person

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