by Hilary Barta

In darkness this duo’s defined
by light through the slats of a blind
The pair was condemned,
by shadows were hemmed,
the moment insurance was signed.

In blackness the couple’s confined
Like bars in a cell they are lined
They’re not playing straight,
each eying their mate,
awaiting a fate that’s unkind.

Credit: “Venetian Binds”  © 2013 Hilary Barta

Photo: Still from Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwick.

Editor’s note: You’d have to know the plot of Double Indemnity for this limerick to make sense. Read a synopsis of the film at