L is for Limerick

LLimerick defined: a humorous rhyming poem of five lines. More specifically, Lines one, two and five should have between seven and ten syllables and rhyme with each other. Lines three and four should have between five and seven syllables and rhyme with each other.

The origin of the term is obscure, but a group of poets in County Limerick, Ireland, wrote limericks in Irish in the 18th century. The first collections in English date from c. 1820. Among the most famous are those in Edward Lear‘s Book of Nonsense (1846).

Here’s my feeble attempt at a limerick. Since I used to own a bar I thought I’d try one that might reflect a typical day there. Almost successful, but I went over by ONE syllable. It made me crazy and I finally gave up. I’ll call this “Limerick Plus One”  shamrock: dark green with lime highlight

There once was a woman who owned a bar

Patrons would come from near and far

Inside for jokes, out for tokes

Add beer for brawls and crazy folks.

Kapow! Thwack! Now that’s going to leave a scar.

So yeah, limericks? Ain’t my thang…

How about you? Give it a shot and share your limericks here in the comment section!

shamrock: dark green with lime highlight


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13 thoughts on “L is for Limerick

    • I just bought a Coolaroo dog bed. Actually 2. I got a new deck so am seeing how the dogs take to them. (there those ones that are elevated off the ground so it keeps the dogs off the ground or hard deck). One of mine liked one of them but that one doesn’t go with the deck so I bought two others. Of course he got on the new one and then right back off. He better like them after all this! What we don’t do to please our precious babies. So spoiled they are! Yours too, I imagine.


  1. I love limericks! Here’s one:

    There once was a woman so pretty
    Who tried much too hard to be witty
    She wrote a short story
    But it came out too gory
    So now she just reads to her kitty.


  2. Have you met Michele from Niagara Falls?
    Her laugh is so boisterous it rattles the walls!
    Not shy or retiring,
    There’s just no denying
    That this chick from New York has some balls!


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