Limericks from prompts 8

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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 (

Gregarious people, I find,
Remind me I need to be kind.
Each day we’re alive
Gives chances to thrive
As long as we keep this in mind.

Recent events may remind
Insiders are often inclined
Only to strive
Up until five;
Six o’clock – all left behind.


for Kristian (

A daring young sous-chef called Anne
Made a mixed grill with just marzipan.
Unusual taste?
It’s just almond paste
Arranged in a fake frying pan.


for Kristian (

Politicians across our fair nation
Are adept at misrepresentation.
Let’s just discuss
What was writ on a bus:
How that differed from our destination!


for Kristian (

Alone in a dark, enclosed space
I remembered the look on her face.
She said she’d be mine,
Then she finished her wine
And disappeared off without trace


for Kristian (

A firebrat of genus Thermobia
And a tropical fish called a cobia
Will tell the same tale –
They don’t like to fail.
That’s kakorrhaphiophobia!


for Kristian (

The way she was dancing enthralled me,
But girls like her always blackballed me.
I thought, “Let’s take a chance,”
So I asked for a dance.
“Insufficient,” she said and stonewalled me.


for Kristian (

We’re living in a wondrous age,
New marvels each turn of the page;
When billionaires race
To get into space
Their delicate egos to assuage.

10 thoughts on “Limericks from prompts 8

        1. You might enjoy the YouTube videos of Granny Mastanamma. An Indian woman who died recently at 106. Even if you aren’t a fan of traditional Indian cuisine, watching her cook from scratch over an open fire is quite something.

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