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.

 

IMPRESSIVE

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/impressive/)

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
Vicariously,
Extravagently intersessional.

IVY

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/25/ivy/)

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.

REMINDER

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/reminder/)

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.

NOURISH

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/nourish-2/)

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!

HERBAL

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/herbal/)

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.

AKIN

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/29/akin/)

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.”

CURVACEOUS

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/30/curvaceous/)

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.

International Limericks 3

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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

There are currently one hundred and ninety-three states that are recognised members of the United Nations, using the official list available on-line on 5th July, 2021.

As an exercise in internationalism and, perhaps, mental masochism I shall attempt to produce, in strict alphabetic sequence, a limerick based on the name of each member-state (using the short name as commonly used in UK English). Each Wednesday will see between one and seven such limericks, until I have addressed them all. The addition or removal of countries or changes of name during the course of this exercise will not be reflected.

Where the name of a member-state contains five letters (or ten, fifteen or… let’s not get ahead of ourselves, eh?), I shall attempt an acrostic limerick based on that name.

Let me know what you think.

 

AUSTRIA

In Austria, raise your antenna
And make your way straight to Vienna,
A walk by the river
Might help you deliver.
If that doesn’t work, try some senna!

AZERBAIJAN

My ex-girlfriend sadly has gone,
Now I have no one to lean on.
My friends said, “At least
She’s gone to the east.”
I wept and said, “Azerbaijan?”

BAHAMAS

A young man from Nassau, Bahamas
Spent most of his time in pyjamas.
One day the committee
Barred him from the city.
He didn’t expect melodramas!

BAHRAIN

A merchant of rugs in Bahrain
Imported some carpets from Spain.
But he wasn’t told
That they would grow mould
If left out in the annual rain.


Anyone care to join in?

Limericks from prompts 3

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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.

 

ERRATUM

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/erratum/)

A writer was not widely read.
Erratum his editor said.
There’s rarely just one,
So now it’s begun
He’d best take up painting instead

INCANDESCENT

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/incandescent/)

A young doctor with the Red Crescent
Had need of an anti-depressant
When asked to explain
He said I’m not insane.
Can’t you see? I’m beyond incandescent
.

NOBODY

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/nobody/)

An alien from somewhere out there
Took photos whilst up in the air.
It took quite a few,
But nobody knew
Because it was covered in hair.

DISPOSAL

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/19/disposal/)

A young man once made a proposal
That he’d be at his girl’s disposal.
She took off the ring,
And gave a hard fling,
Embedding it in his squamosal.

EXPATRIATE

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/20/expatriate/)

Every time I see how we are led,
Xenophobia rears its foul head.
Problems we face
Are all reduced to race;
Tis the foreigners’ fault, I hear said.

Regardless of who is to blame
I‘m sure it will turn out the same.
As long as we fail
To admit we’re all frail,
Each dilemma is treated the same.

FRACTURES

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/21/fractures/)

A woman who worked for state oil,
Found leaks that polluted the soil.
She now manufactures
Duck tape for pipe fractures,
Backed up with a layer of foil.

SURREAL

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/22/surreal/)

You say that my life is surreal,
And you think that it has no appeal.
You see me as fake,
On the make, on the take.
Go ahead then, if that’s how you feel.

SKITTER

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/skitter/)

A young man once tried to get fitter
So ‘cross the dance floor he could skitter
It made grown men cry
When they saw him fly;
Would you have him as your baby-sitter?