Happy Limerick Day!

Hey bumblebee, I’m not only a fan of poetry, but meaningless daily national holidays as well and what better a day than one that combines both! Today is National Limerick Day and for those of you that don’t know:

A limerick is a comical poem that follows the rhyme scheme aabba.

Limerick Day falls on poet Edward Lear’s birthday, May 12, as a way celebrate to his work and popularizing limerick style poetry. Humor and a good rhyme scheme are two of my favorite literary characteristic so I thought I’d try my hand at writing limerick poetry.

This limerick was simply constructed to make you chuckle today…

Here are a few funny stanzas I found while looking for inspiration:

There once was a girl named Lenore

And a bird, and a bust, and a door

And a guy with depression

And a whole lot of questions

And the bird always says “Nevermore.”

-The Poetry Collection

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a bee.
When they said “Does it buzz?”
He replied “Yes, it does!
It’s a regular brute of a bee!”
—Edward Lear

A flea and a fly in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, “let us flee!”
“Let us fly!” said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
—Ogden Nash

There once was a man named O’Doul
Who found red spots dotting his tool.
His doctor (a cynic)
Ran him out of the clinic
Crying, “Wipe off that lipstick, you fool!”

A man called Percival Lee
Got up one night for a pee.
When he got to the loo
It was quarter to two,
And when he got back it was three.
—Spike Milligan

Let’s appreciate some poetry today; comment an original or jot down your favorite well-known limerick!

Cheers to funny poetry,

xo Bri

p.s. If you recognize a poem and know the author, please let me know so I can give them credit! Poems not written by me were found via Pinterest and The Best Limericks of All Time by Michael R. Burch.

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