The Limerick is a traditional Irish strict form poem. It consists of 5 lines, lines 1, 2, 5 rhyme as do 3 and 4. Lines 3 and 4 are shorter and line 5 is a punchline. In terms of subject humorous, ranging from cheeky to crude, irreverent, satirical and surreal. But it doesn’t have to be.

Below I’ve posted a couple of ‘new serious’ examples to illustrate my point. The beauty of the Limerick is it’s rhyme scheme lends itself to a fast punchy flow of words.

It is also concise and can be extremely versatile and generally should be regarded in higher esteem than it is A few examples of subject including a Bawdy one to finish .


I loved you as if love was the air,

all pervading and everywhere

you were my reason

and also my treason

but you left so now I don’t care


A special time is the winter’s edge

as the turbid sky appears to dredge

icy rain, bleak fog and snow,

over the land, but all kids know

it will soon be time to dust off the sledge


There once was a young man from York

who really didn’t like to talk

though his lips never moved

a mouth could be proved

Cos it opened when approached by a fork.


There was a big lass from Dover

who spied a 4-leafed clover

Cos the size of her Tum

was the same as her Bum

she picked it without falling over


At the top of the tour Eiffel

her lust she just couldn’t stifle

she put sponge,cream & jelly

with custard on her belly

& said anyone fancy a Trifle ?

20 thoughts on “THE LIMERICK

      1. You’re welcome. Laughter is good for the soul, and hugs, so I’ll send a warm one your way. You do humor well, and the sonnets too, of course. Have I mentioned how much I love your poetry?

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      2. Which means it should come faster then, right? Amazon can be weird sometimes. Something I sent to my son in Pennsylvania shouldn’t have taken more than 3 days, instead took a week and a half, and wasn’t even on back order. I don’t know what happens with these things.

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  1. Grea limericks! I’ve always found them fun to read…and I’ve tried to write a few.
    Yours are rich in word pictures and emotions…causing the reader to sigh, smile, laugh, and ponder. Your bawdy one is great fun! 😀
    Carolyn 🙂

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