Since I’m teaching a Writing Poetry class this term, I have, naturally, been thinking about how many different kinds of poems there are. And today I got to thinking about limericks. We all know pretty much what a limerick is: A poem generally written in fun, which has 5 lines of anapestic meter (da-da-dum da-da- dum da-da-dum) and with a rhyme scheme of AABBA. The first, second, and last lines generally have 3 feet of anapestic meter, and the third and fourth generally have two feet.
In the early beginnings of limericks, according to history, most of the themes were fairly absurd and often bawdy or naughty. However, most of us are familiar with lots of limericks that are just good, clean fun.
So, bearing in mind that this site is a G-rated site, I’d like to invite everyone out there to write a limerick — or 2 or 3 — and share them with us. They can be on any subject.
Please post your limericks on your own blog and hop back over here to post the link to them in the ‘Comments’ section below. That way everyone else can find them as well. We’ll keep this challenge open until midnight next Sunday, November 2, 2014 (central standard time, USA).
I generally comment on your own site after reading your submissions, rather than replying to your comments on my page.
Below is one of my own limericks to get us started:
There once was a girl, name of Summer
Who fell madly in love with her plumber
And each day down her drains
Shoved ridiculous things,
But he never caught on. What a bummer.