Limericks from prompts 21

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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

A series of limericks produced in response to various prompts. 

Where any prompt contains exactly five letters, I may attempt an acrostic limerick based on that word (or a pair in the case of ten-letter prompts).

Let me know what you think.



for Kristian (

Avarice – a posh word for greed.
The drive and the will to succeed.
I did try it once
But being a dunce
It scared me and I nearly peed.


for Kristian (

For starters, I should instigate
Procedures that can arbitrate
Between parties at war
Who want nothing more
Than to cheerfully co-operate.


for Kristian (

Naturally shortens to natch,
As hatchery cuts down to hatch.
These abbreviations
Exceed expectations.
Stand by for another wee batch!


for Kristian (

A diner called Nigel Swann-Moore
Asked his waiter, “What’s the soupe du jour?”
I heard the boy say
“It’s soup of the day.
Of that, I am totally sure.”


for Kristian (

It’s late, and I really must scoot,
My wife sent me out to buy fruit.
My old schoolmate, Gerald,
Once wrote for the Herald
Then he lied, so they gave him the boot.


for Kristian (

I once used the beak of a snipe
To fashion a natty pinstripe
A cheeky young fellow
Said, “That looks quite mellow.”.
I replied, “It’s a new prototype.”


for Kristian (

A banana is more than its skin,
And a book than the cover it’s in.
Straight, bi or gay,
Or however you pray
Prejudice – always a sin.

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