Acrostic Limericks 45

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Limerick, a popular form of short, humorous verse that is often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, and the dominant metre is anapestic, with two metrical feet in the third and fourth lines and three feet in the others. Encyclopaedia Britannica

Many examples of acrostic poems can be found scattered around the web (where the first letter of each line spells out a word when read from top to bottom), but I have found very few examples of acrostic Limericks.

I now look out for prompts that contain five letters (or ten, fifteen or… let’s not get ahead of ourselves, eh?). I may add the odd one of my own, too.

Let me know what you think.


For Kristian (

A young mother from Morecambe Bay
Became more secure by the day.
She kept her bank healthy
Till she was quite wealthy;
Eventually she passed away.

Michael, her son, got the lot;
Indeed he became a big shot,
Only he was quite canny
Until he met Annie –
She soon found she’d hit the jackpot.


for Esther –

No self-respecting young nurse
Uses a camel-skin purse.
Regarding the rest,
Sow’s ear is best
Even if slightly perverse


For Kristian (

Ephemeral sights: ill-defined,
Vestiges ling’ring behind.
A blink of an eye,
No-one can deny
Events and illusion combined.

So that we know what to expect,
Come join me and try to detect
Each swift-passing phase
Now shaping our days;
Transience defines its effect.

Anyone care to join in?

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