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!