But radio's (and art's) loss is the internet's gain. You can test your poetic prowess, and your knowledge of Oregon news, by providing the word or phrase that completes each rhyme below. (The answers are in the comments, or in yesterday's Spanning the State at Loaded Orygun.)
1. A nautical limerick:
They fell overboard--there were lots.
They're a hazard to whales, even yachts.
And a source of frustration
For local crustaceans
So we're gonna retrieve the __________.
2. A limerick brimming with irony:
State Fairs have their "don'ts" and their "do's,"
But this year there's an added taboo:
At the livestock's insistence
Wash your hands, keep your distance--
So you don't give some prize pig _________.
3. A show-biz limerick:
He vanished for quite a long spell,
And without even saying farewell!
But no need to be bitter:
Once the word leaked on Twitter,
Portland fans got to see ________.
4. A "weird science" limerick:
They've been known out in Newport to smoke.
In Eugene, the occasional toke.
But don't snort in Grants Pass,
'Cause they might bust your ass
If they test the town's sewage for _________.
And for those of you who just can't get enough of the form, here's a bonus: