A limerick is a funny, often bawdy, poem consisting of three long and two short lines Bird's Nestrhyming aabba. It was popularized by Edward Lear.

Huh? Here’s an example from the master, Edward Lear:

  • There was an Old Man with a beard,
  • Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
  • Two Owls and a Hen,
  • Four Larks and a Wren,
  • Have all built their nests in my beard!’

And another from John Updike:

  • There was an old poop from Poughkeepsie
  • Who tended, at night, to be tipsy.
  • Said he,”My last steps
  • Aren’t propelled by just Schweppes!”
  • That preppy old poop from Poughkeepsie.

Even Rudyard Kipling wrote a limerick:

  • There was a small boy of Quebec
  • Who was buries in snow to his neck.
  • When they said,”Are you friz?”
  • He replied,”Yes, I is
  • But we don’t call this cold in Quebec.

Ahh PoetryHere are a few more:

    • The once was a man from the Ukraine
    • Who got married a wife so profane
    • He put wax in his ears
    • Downed 72 beers
    • But still loved that loud ball & chain.


  • There was an young girl from the West
  • Who everyone described as a pest.
  • She lived to annoy
  • Any peace, she’ll destroy
  • Her parents still thinks she’s the best.

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