Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Three Limericks

After a long weekend minus poetry, let us now turn to another poetry form. A limerick!

This poetry form contains five lines. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other (A), and the last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other (B). 
Thus, it will be AABBA.

I read that limericks were made famous by Edward Lear, the famous author who wrote the “Book of Nonsense” in the 1800’s.

Did I say that limericks are associated with humour (though bawdy? Well, Echoes of the Hills is G-rated and none of those will appear here)? Well, I just said it.

Two examples and we are off to try a couple of limericks.

This is by Edward Lear:

There was a young man from Dundee,
Who got stung on the head by a wasp.
When asked if it hurt,
He said, “No not at all.
It can do it again if it likes!”


Yet another by the same poet.

There was an Old Man who supposed,
That the street door was partially closed;
But some very large rats,
Ate his coats and his hats,
While that futile old gentleman dozed

That is enough.
Now to my attempt.

Limerick # 1: Unnerving Tensions

Sometimes the nerves reveal hunger
Other times pent-up anger
But their parched throats murmur
Bitter lamentations to their mama
Life goes on, a dangerous blade of panga


Limerick #2: There Once Lived a Clown in Eastleigh

There once lived a clown in Eastleigh
Who made people laugh easily.
Another wag appeared on the scene
That made the first clown bitter ever since
That jaundiced-eyed man at Eastleigh


Limerick # 3: Lecturer of Mathematics

There was a lecturer I knew of Mathematics
Knowledgeable of calculus and semantics.
He carried pebbles and papers in his coat
To his estimation to keep his learners afloat
That harum-scarum lecturer of Mathematics.


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