Limericks have five lines rhyming aa/bb/a and follow iambic-pentameter rhythm. Here are some humorous classics:

There was a young man from the city,

Who met what he thought was a kitty.

He gave it a pat,

And said, “Nice little cat,”

And we buried his clothes out of pity


There was a young fellow from Leeds,

Who swallowed a packet of seeds,

It, at last, came to pass,

He was covered with grass,

And couldn’t sit down for the weeds!


One of my college students two fall semesters ago wrote this one for Halloween:

Some cold chill shivered my spine.

Something cold, down in a straight line.

I wasn’t alone,

And not on my own,

It was time for the beast to dine!


Here are two from my junior high teaching days:

There once was a teacher named Longest,

Who thought that she was the strongest.

She tried to lift ten,

Then tried once again,

And found out that she was the wrongest.


In this class, there’s a great deal of reading,

So to the teacher, we’re pleading,

Please, no more tests,

For, we’ve done our best!

So tell us what else you are needing.


Write a five-liner and post it in the comments section. It doesn’t have to be today.

Happy Poeming!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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