I enjoy limericks so I scoured yourprot as I recalled youhad a folder! LOL And the gem popped out. What a great celebration of WDC to regale a bit of its history and invention in rhyme!
It is a happy set of limericks on the topic and they tie together well including SM and SMS and the name change. I smiled at old words like "parlay". "balm " and how the site became divine.
The limerick format is intact though I did notice little glitches in the 9, 9, 6, 6, 9 pattern. It did not take me out of the flow, message and fun of the expression but just a matter of technical format. Lines 2,5,7, 8,9, 10 are off keel. LOL
The last verse is mostly on key but for the first line. Your could drop "great" but that would take away the compliment. LOL And the off rhyme with idea..is a wee bit off. m. Still, a wonderful tribute.
Some notions that occurred to me:
Line seven might sound better as, "with her magic, this..." and fixes the count.
You could add "where" to the last line of the second verse to fix the count too.
It was fun to read it aloud as your word choices created a wonderful soundscape.
eg.the flow of "writers and readers sincere", repeated "w", long "i" words, and the effective rhymes.
The last 3 lines say it all and the positive light tone of the poem reflects the atmosphere of our site. This is a brilliant concept and I appreciate the effort to get these key ideas into this format. Limericks are challenging I think.
I enjoyed reading and playing with your creation. (thanks for letting me) The message is potent and relevant, the energy of appreciation and tribute in a fanciful way is awesome. Without Peer is a super title. So much more true now than when you wrote this piece. 19 years is magical!
Thanks for sharing your gift and for all you do here to make WDC sparkle and shine ever brighter.