National Limerick Day!

My friend Annette posted a few days back about National Limerick Day, hoping for me to join in… well, I’m not one to disappoint!

I love limericks. Hopefully this will inspire you to try one too ๐Ÿ™‚

Some say the secret, or trick,
To writing a great limerick
Is keeping rhythm and rhyme
Simply sublime
And some humour gives it a kick!

Limericks can be used for a variety of styles, from the serious:

A man walking alongside the road
Was stewing on what he was owed
He looked to the skies
With tears in his eyes
For the mind bears the heaviest load

To the “clever”… this explains enjambment:

Running words from one line to next
Is a challenge thatโ€™s leaving me vexed
Itโ€™s so hard to do
Right, itโ€™s making me blue
Next time Iโ€™ll stick to free text!

To the creepy:

Within the wood so dark and deep
Where no spider dares to creep
The air is silent; deathly still:
There is a purple daffodil
That holds the key to โ€œbeautyโ€™sโ€ sleepโ€ฆ

To a selfie:

A dashing young chap named Al
Was searching for lifeโ€™s rationale
He found it through rhyming
(And occasional timing)
Claiming โ€œitโ€™s good for moraleโ€!

To the more “adult” humour…

A peculiar space-thing from Venus
Had an incredible penis
When he rolled out his schlong
It was thirty feet long…
But the sight of it resulted in green-ness!

So, the moral of the story is… just give it a go!

Even if not a poeting Brit
There’s a limerick that surely will fit
Whatever your mood,
Quiet or rude
And it may be the best ever writ!

I’d love to hear your limericks (or links to them) in the comments. What’ve you got to lose? ๐Ÿ˜€



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87 thoughts on “National Limerick Day!

  1. There was an old poet named Rik,
    Who never ever wrote a limerick.
    One day he said fine
    I’ll give it a try
    Proving you can show an old dog a new trick.

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  2. You are so funny, Al! You make my day, as a comic and a poet! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll pass on my own limerick right now, since the sun is out and it is the last beautiful day, so I have to go outside and turn this darn computer off! I’m sure I could have turned this text into a little poem, if I really tried.

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  3. Brilliant, Al! Such a great collection. How I love limericks and their rhythm.

    I’ve always wanted to meet her,
    the maid of iambic meter.
    She dances along
    in poem and song,
    I heard a drummer once beat her.

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    • They are versatile. Maybe they only work because of the expectation of humour, but you can go against that and twist it to your purpose as well, and deliberately frustrate those expectations ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Wow! I am so pleased. Al, you are so gifted. What a fabulous collection of energy here.

    So, there’s this guy, named Alistair,
    Seems to pull rhymes out of thin air
    he writes like a pro
    and you know how that goes
    He;s always something remarkable to share!

    Carry on! โค

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  6. Here goes Al. My first. I’m overcoming the fear.Ha ha!

    Wanting to give it a go
    My mind always says no
    Giving up the fear
    Words flowed near
    Now my heart smiles with less woe.

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  7. There was a Welsh blogger called Hugh
    Who slipped on a discarded tissue
    He fell on his back
    In a deep tyre track
    And came up smelling of dog poo!

    I’ve no idea if that is even a limerick, but I had to give it a go for you and Annette, Al.

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  8. I took a day trip to the Canyon
    With a small group of ad hoc companions
    Quite a crowd filled that space
    Folks from all over the place
    Even some who spoke just like D’Artagnan

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  9. You make Limericks seem easy to write but although they’re fun to read rhyming is difficult for meโ€“โ€“I’m a bit intimidated by it. However, one day I may surprise you and myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They are all great, but I just LOVE the creepy one. ๐Ÿ˜€

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