Limericks Are Poems Too

A tribute to poetry, such as I’m doing during National Poetry Month, must include these witty little verses. I was surprised yesterday to discover, as I looked through my new/used book, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, that a limerick well known to most of us was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

There was a little girl, she had a little curl
right in the middle of her forehead;
and when she was good, she was very, very good,
and when she was bad she was horrid.

Now I’ll try my hand at one. Grab the air freshener. 😉

A hermit who lives by the zoo
claims bathing is no good for you.
“And if y’re really healthy
yer neighbors should smell ye
before ye come into view.”

2 thoughts on “Limericks Are Poems Too

  1. And you may be right. It’s not exactly in the same tone as a limerick, so maybe it isn’t?

    YourDictionary.com gives this definition:
    A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm.
    The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

    I thought of the one that goes something like:
    There was an old man from Peru,
    who dreamed he was eating his shoe;
    he awoke in a fright
    in the middle of the night
    and found it was perfectly true.

    Author Unknown

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