Reaper's St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest

Community Manager

Since St. Patrick's day is coming up and we found another box of loot containing a whole bunch of Live Community tshirts (rare) and a couple of epic (yellow) and legendary (purple) items (surprise!), this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and see who in the community is not only a techie, but also a bit of a poet.


The rules will be the similar to the Halloween contest:


  • I'm looking for some creative rhymes related to your firewall or your data center or threats or,... you know what, you pick something fun!  :)
  • Preferably as a Limerick (these will be picked first, other formats follow next, haikus are okay, too! ;P)
  • Bonus points if you somehow combine St. Patrick with a security theme.
  • We (myself and the rest of the Live Community team) will hand pick a few of the best submissions and send the winners some loot. The first couple of places will get epic and legendary items along with a tshirt; the next few will get a tshirt and maybe a legendary item, depending on how deep this box is I just found under my desk:


WhatsApp Image 2018-02-28 at 17.17.58.jpegWhat's in the boooox?!?!






Here are a few examples, to get you started!



I once found this box filled with loot

containing Live Community branded stuff to boot

I set up a game

community members came

The Limericks they wrote were a hoot!





My cube is quite a mess

I should clean it more often I confess

I'll do that in a bit

before our office manager has a fit

and I will find myself in distress



What you got?!


We'll be looking out for some really creative entries, so have at it!


Reaper out.

L7 Applicator

The bad guys on the internet are vicious

Its always good to be suspicious

The day after st patricks day is dire

Due to the copious drinks consumed the day prior

So stay hydrated and diligent and not superstitious

L0 Member

I know browsing is exciting,

  But watchout bad people are sighting !

It might be conserning,

  Stay Cool, your PAN warriors are fighting,

Hence Protecting and Safegurding you from the vicious Hacking. 

L7 Applicator

Against the most evil threats your Palo will stay

To protect you and your company all night and day

So on St. Patricks day you can take a break

From security, malware and the "oil from the snake"

But only if you configured everything the right way ;)

L7 Applicator

There once was a young engineer,

an epiphany he had over beers.

  applications galore,

  prevention, and more!

Palo Alto, created by Nir.  

L7 Applicator

I once had a network with holes

It often let in all the moles

But then I purchased a Palo

Now I’m a saint with a halo

And the free time, I do have some mores

L3 Networker

The legacy guys are comical

The way they id applications is farcical

Palo came along

Legacy guys are gone

And now firewall admins are jovial



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L2 Linker

There was a huge firewall issue
Don't know what to do, so I prayed to Vishnu
Everyone thought it's a bug
Then I found out a cable unplugged
I think I'll lose my job, please give me a tissue

L6 Presenter

St Patrick was working on the greenhouse effect

When his browser failed to interconnect

So he added some ram

Sent out some spam

And then reconfigured his globalprotect




BOOM! hash tag smiley face lol.

L7 Applicator

Palo Alto, PANW, and PAN

Don’t abbreviate our name, says the man

     René Bonvanie 

     CMO, EVP

“Palo Alto Networks” he demands.

L0 Member

There once was an attacker from Nantucket,

out to hack an AWS S3 Bucket.

Palo was there,

and stopped the threat in mid air,

while all the legacy vendors said, "_ _ _ _ it!"

L1 Bithead

St.Patrick used Traps to catch snakes
his Security Profiles could spot fakes
When his job was done
it was time for fun
he went off to swim the Guinness lakes





L0 Member

St. Pat once was itchin'

To subject everything to Decryption

He powered up hard

With PA firewalls on guard

And now everything's just bitchin'!

L2 Linker

There was once a chap who was full of mishap,

who launched an attack against your app,

But what he didn’t know is he should have never gave it a go,

Stopped by the PAN cloud platform was the result for this foe,

Freeing him to hack easier targets and share his trade of woe.

L0 Member

There once was an admin named Ted
Malware caused an ache in his head
Now he thwarts bad intention
With next gen Threat Prevention
"Thanks Palo Alto!" he said 

L0 Member

You've had a security lapse
Pray to Saint Patrick perhaps
Our products inspire!
Wildfire, Magnifier
For endpoint protection, get Traps

Community Team Member

I will throw my own one out there..


There was once a story of a Leprechaun

Who was always afraid of being conned

He was also a security engineer

whose job would also make him sneer


Especially when security threats were near

As Loosing all his gold was his worst fear

Especially with all of those bitcoin miners

Then Palo Alto appeared out of the blue

And then his future was a lot finer


Now with Palo Alto Networks here 

There was nothing more to fear

Even though he still didn't have a clue

But that is why the Live Community is here for you


L0 Member

St. Pat accepted a bad cipher

That was weak as a one-handed fifer

He bought a PA

Blew that algo away

Now he's a PA lifer!

L0 Member

Customer Success will get the customers armed

You don’t  need a lucky charm 🍀

PPA is the thorough way to go

But BPA will get you in the know

Our tools are here to help and to prevent harm

L0 Member

Ours is the Platform Story,

WildFire, Aperture, AutoFocus,App framework and all its glory.

Protecting customers by prevention of successful attacks,

reducing cyber attacks in their tracks.

Ignite is the place where you learn it all,

If you'd like to join us, give us a call.

L4 Transporter

There once was a place with malware shamrocks
We created some rules that would block
At the end of the day you could hear me proclaim
I am the queen with my lean mean green PA machine

Community Team Member

Submitted by Rakhee S (via LinkedIn)


Oh it is just as I feared, y'all

My data disappeared an' all

Hearing my din

St Patrick stepped in

And said duh! Get a firewall

Community Team Member

🍀 🍀 🍀 🍀

St. Patrick's Day cometh tomorrow!

Be sure to not be left in sorrow!

Get your rhyme in

Some prizes to win

Loot & swag then you won't have to borrow!

Community Team Member



Hope you're enjoing the limericks as much as we are. Like my colleague, @jdelio, I think I'll try my hand at a little rhyming, too! Hey, if you've got a rhyme, there's still time, since we all return to work on Monday, so you can still loose the creativity this weekend! I enjoyed reading all your stuff -- and enjoying the lovely pic of Lough Tay from @StPatrick and the Irish Tricoulor shamrock from @DonohoeRobert. Thanks for sharing those very nice images. I certainly don't envy the judges of this contest! :-)







There once was a Limerick contest

Launched to see who was truly the best.

Our word games enthralled

While configging firewalls.

Fame and fortune our ultimate quest.


Fame and fortune the ultimate quest

To loot hiding under the desk.

Our noses engaged

Good prose on parade.

And our rhyming skills put to the test.


With our rhyming skills put to the test,

No longer from threat are we stressed.

But the skills of a peer,

In St. Patrick’s Day cheer,

Raise the bar now for more fun and jest.






Try your hand at this Limerick contest.

Ransomware has no power or zest.

Put your skills on the line

Try a-rhyming sometime.

Send the bad guys right back to their nests.


Secure and protect cyber space.

All opposed — vow to keep in their place.

St. Paddy’s draws near,

And what we hold dear

Are the good things that keep us all safe.


Install the firewall — its magic behold.

Malware? Well, you just stopped it cold!

Watch alerts on the network

Make logging your best work.

And leave bitcoin bodacious and bold!


Cryptocurrency sounds a false urgency

To commit or prevent grand larceny.

Use your firewall and all

To defeat a thief’s call,

And grow wiser and richer most certainly.






Bats in the belfry, bad guys disavowed.

Thieves off your network — you’re safe in the cloud,

Be it hybrid, public, or private.

You’re safe there and certain to like it.

Securing the cloud, of that we are proud.


The bad guys cannot with you compete.

Wolf cookies all rendered incomplete.

The NGFW at every turn,

Evil intent the firewall doth burn,

Yet good so makes the world safe and sweet.


The firewall at center stage it may be

Central to cybersecurity.

Guarding like a hawk

Suspicions it stalks,

But ultimately, we peeps are the key.


A sweet and safe world — such a noble quest.

Better than loot hiding under the desk.

We’ll look to St. Paddy

And may just be happy

To make the world safe doing our very best.






And we thank you for all that you do

Helping rid the world of subterfuge.

Bad guys, none too few.

Good guys, grow the crew

Get the firewall and all its great tools.


Palo Alto Networks is fine

Finest you’ll ever find for your dime.

Live Community on line—

Good folks help every time.

TSIA best support of its kind.


Keep you safe on this planet and next.

Capture packets from data to text.

Keep your business intact

Your successes on track

Secured cyber life safely in check.


Many thanks now to all who have played

In this, our St. Paddy’s parade.

We had so much fun,

Great work we have done—

To advance the cause of cyber aid.



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