Limericks from prompts 4

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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

Starting this week, a series of limericks produced in response to various prompts. I have combined the two strands to make room for a new series starting next Wednesday. 

These will appear on Saturday mornings wherever possible.

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.

Where any prompt contains five letters (or ten, fifteen or… let’s not get ahead of ourselves, eh?), I shall attempt an acrostic limerick based on that word.

Let me know what you think.



for Kristian (

I think of myself as progressive
Might even be seen as obsessive.
Please take the hook,
Read my next book.
Excuse me if it’s not impressive.

So maybe it won’t be professional;
So what it could be is transgressional.
I do try to be
Extravagently intersessional.


for Kristian (

There’s a poem my mother once told me,
And if I didn’t get it she’d scold me;
All jumbled and jivey
And lambs eating ivy.
I just wanted someone to hold me.


for Kristian (

Not that you need a reminder
Young Peaty is in the viewfinder;
As for the diving,
Team GB is thriving
Since Tom and Matty played a blinder.


for Kristian (

When Albert came back from New Delhi,
He said he had learnt on the telly,
In order to flourish
Your brain you must nourish.
I’d rather have food in my belly!


for Kristian (

She came to me like an illusion,
My mind was awash with confusion.
My hormones went wild
But I simply smiled
As she brought me a herbal infusion.


for Kristian (

A handsome young fellow called Flynn
Was dating a younger girl, Gwyn
He asked her in bed
If she loved him. She said,
“Not exactly, but something akin.”


for Kristian (

Come with me and visit the zoo
Unless you’ve owt better to do;
Red Pandas and dogs,
Venomous frogs,
And even meerkats are on view

Chimpanzees are sometimes mendacious
Elephants can be flirtatious
Ostriches run
Under the sun
Snakes can be downright curvaceous.

14 thoughts on “Limericks from prompts 4

        1. I think it was a plot by parents to make sure we never forgot that they were more clever than we were. It worked until I hit my teens when, for some inexplicable reason, my parents became suddenly incredibly unknowing (coincided with my acquisition of immense knowledge and understanding). That lasted until I left home and quickly realised that they weren’t the stupid ones!

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