The other night I was going through my poetry notebook, trying to complete old, half-finished poems. I came across the first few lines of the limerick below, which I started on 3/28/08 and I finished them off thusly:
It's simple when things end in hate
One month off and you're ready to date!
But when both get along
And the timing's just wrong,
The feelings take years to abate.
It was only then that I turned the page in my notebook, and saw that I had continued working on the poem which I posted in this blog back in 2008. I think my new version gets much closer to accomplishing Gabe's original suggestion, to incorporate the entire second limerick into the last line of the first. A happy accident. Here's to second drafts!