Thursday, October 16, 2008


I recently purchased a collection of limericks from a second hand book store and that set me thinking about the old form again and why I enjoy it.

Personally, I believe the limerick should follow the form as strictly as possible: the lines 3 feet, 3 feet, 2 feet, 2 feet, 3 feet; the rhyme scheme a a b b a. The best have a surprise twist toward the end (usually in the last line) and are salacious, naughty without being downright pornographic.

Here is a recent one of mine:

A handsome young fellow who chose
to board with a lady named Rose
was still quite surprised
when before his eyes
she teasingly stripped off her clothes.

Hope you enjoy!


annaken said...

Actually, Sir Jefferson, I tried my hand at writing limericks about a year ago and found it fun!

I may bring them to the group one time for critiquing and have them torn apart.

Bye the way, at Center Poetry Group on Thursday, it was mentioned that rhyming poetry is having a comeback. Yipee!

annaken said...

Sir Jefferson, I just read your little limerick and I liked it. It made me laugh.

I thought it was somebody else's limerick before but now I know it is yours.