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“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”  William Arthur Ward

Humor: Some Limericks For The Road... laugh on!

A limerick is a humorous, read witty and often ribald, five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet to give the poem its rhythmic beat. Some call it nonsense poetry, but like anything that teaches us about human behavior, it does require insight and some wit to write one. We all need humor in our lives, and limericks are a great way to write what we see with a hilarious twist or read what others have wittily observed and penned. The best part is that they are quick and short with the punchline in the fifth/last line.

There once lived a little old Geezer
who told everyone he was Caesar
When March rolled around
Longinus and Brutus left town
And the Geezer was found in the freezer   eof737

The limerick* packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical. Wikipedia

The limerick form is complex
Its contents run chiefly to sex
It burgeons with virgins
And masculine urgins
And swarms with erotic effex. Dirty limerick

“Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the very instant we are laughing.” Allen Klein

Humor: Some Limericks For The Road... laughter is life...

At one point in my life, I wrote poetry and some pretty funny stuff, but one day it all went pfft! I don’t write them as much and when my eyes caught a funny limerick today, it brought back a flood of memories of some of the hilarious poems I read growing up; I even wrote a few too. So in this post, I have shared some of the funny limericks I found including a couple I penned myself. The raunchy poems are from the website listed and they had quite a few over the top funny and perhaps unprintable poems… well, I mean you’d have to visit their site to read them. 😉

A bombastic blogger I once knew
Wrote endless crap about booze
She called it fine wine
But never spent a dime
For she couldn’t tell vintage from poo  eof737

There was a young dentist Malone
who had a charming girl patient alone.
But in his depravity
he filled the wrong cavity,
God, how his practice has grown! Dirty limerick

There once was a pauper named Meg  (Try completing this one as a comment)
Who accidentally broke her _______.
She slipped on the ______.
Not once, but thrice
Take no pity on her, I __________. Volweb

A lively young damsel named Menzies
Inquired: “Do you know what this thenzies?”
Her aunt, with a gasp,
Replied: “It’s a wasp,
And you’re holding the end where the stenzies. Wikipedia
Happy Columbus Day! What limericks come to mind? More to enjoy below. 😉

“Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.” Irvin S. Cobb

Humor: Some Limericks For The Road... Dr. Seuss wrote a few...

I added my completed version below. What did you write?  Share yours in the comments below. Or better yet, write a new one and share it. I love limericks as they always give us an opportunity to be silly and write with a twist. I love reading them too… As I was writing this post, it occurred to me that rappers are the biggest users of limericks. They use them brilliantly in their rap songs and I must say, some are quite fierce.

The last time I dined with the King
He did quite a curious thing.
He sat on a stool
And took out his tool
And said, “If I play will you sing?” Dirty limerick

There once was a pauper named Meg
Who accidentally broke her  left leg.
She slipped on the  ice.
Not once, but thrice
Take no pity on her, I’m a mess.

A lady while dining at Crewe
Found an elephant’s whang in her stew.
Said the waiter, “Don’t shout,
And don’t wave it about,
Or the others will all want one too.” Dirty limerick

There once was a man from Nantucket (See a raunchy version on Wiki)
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket. Wikipedia

What do you think? What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy reading funny or ribald limericks? Do you write limericks? What do you think of my selection? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from Mamakat’s Writer’s Workshop: Write a limerick.

Positive Motivation Tip: Humor Heals. Limericks are another way to inject humor into our lives… Write your own and share it.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Book of Nonsense, PunchHumor Dr Seuss poster, via Wikipedia.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

37 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/10/2011 9:27 pm

    I still remember the first limerick I wrote in fifth grade for a poetry project – please remember that I was a fifth grader!

    There once was a woman from Crete
    Who liked to eat butter and meat.
    When she thought of the fat,
    She said, “I don’t like that”,
    And started to munch on a beet.

    Not ribald, but hey, I was ten!

    • 10/10/2011 11:29 pm

      This is excellent! I love the humor and to think it came from years ago. Good for you! TY! 🙂

  2. 10/10/2011 11:14 pm

    There once was a pauper named Meg
    Who accidentally broke her heel.
    She slipped on the ice.
    Not once, but thrice
    Take no pity on her, I broke her fall.

    That was my best attempt…not sure how good that was.

  3. 10/10/2011 11:38 pm

    Hi all,
    Please bear with me as I work my way through your blogs and catch up on comments. TY for your patience! 🙂

  4. 11/10/2011 12:28 am

    There once was a pauper named Meg
    Who accidentally broke her left leg.
    She slipped on the floor.
    Not once, but thrice more.
    Take no pity on her, I do beg.

    Edward Lear, who is famous for his limericks, didn’t write particularly funny ones. Part of the problem is that he used every first line as his last line as well.

    If you like limericks you should check out Mad Kane’s limerick-offs:

    Here’s two of mine for you:

    A fellow who always felt free
    Didn’t care who-all could see
    It’s as broad as it’s long
    Was his favourite song
    In his shorts it was really quite wee

    A gal who could never say ‘no’
    Always had men on the go
    When her room-mate asked ‘Why?’
    She replied, ‘I’d just die
    If this gift of mine came with no beau.’

    • 11/10/2011 5:36 pm

      Hysterical Tilly! I love your contributions and I’m still laughing… Yeah, Ed wasn’t into the ribald but he did create an extensive anthology for us. I will check out the link soon. TY! 🙂

  5. 11/10/2011 12:35 am

    Hey, felt a bit rusty writing a limerick, but now you’ve reposted it, so it seems my muse’s gone and done the trick, and so, I thank you much and want you to know your repost does more than touch, it lights this soul’s heart’s wick ;-D

    • 11/10/2011 5:37 pm

      TY for stopping by and I’m glad the post got you looking at the genre again. I thoroughly enjoyed your limerick… TY! 🙂

  6. 11/10/2011 4:02 am

    you are writing Limericks too?
    I’m surprised daily to learn more 🙂
    There once lived a little old Geezer
    who told everyone he was Caesar
    When March rolled around
    Longinus and Brutus left town
    The Geezer was found in the freezer

    • 11/10/2011 5:38 pm

      Just for fun and for this post… I used to write poetry and stopped for reasons even I don’t know. TY! 🙂

  7. 11/10/2011 4:22 am

    I poet, of any sort, I am not. Sadly. I enjoy reading though! Thank you for the smiles.

    PS – you aren’t the only one catching up – and I have no hope of making it to everything! 🙁

    • 11/10/2011 5:39 pm

      You are welcome Robyn! Don’t write them much anymore too… As for the catching up, it is a bit of a monster and each day I don’t finish the catching up, I fall behind… I am making a dent thought… TY! 🙂

  8. 11/10/2011 8:13 am

    The limericks started with Lear,
    Who could tell us, if he were still here,
    That the soul of good wit
    Is to carefully fit
    In five lines all one needs to make clear.

    • 11/10/2011 6:03 pm

      BRILLIANT!!! I love it and thank you for stopping by to add yours… Wonderful.
      Do you have a blog? If yes, leave your blog name and I’ll stop by to say hello.
      TY! 🙂

  9. 11/10/2011 11:19 am

    Loved this post! Couldn’t come up with a limerick but if I do I’ll come back and post it.

  10. 11/10/2011 1:31 pm

    There’s something fun about limericks
    Especially those that boast gimmericks
    They make us smile
    And ponder awhile
    On the sleight of tongue trickericks

    Thanks, E!

    • 11/10/2011 5:41 pm

      Love your limerick Nancy! You cracked me up with this one. TY! 🙂

  11. 11/10/2011 1:41 pm

    LImericks are fun!

    • 11/10/2011 5:43 pm

      They sure are; especially the not so dainty ones. TY! 😉

  12. Bree permalink
    11/10/2011 7:34 pm

    I loved this post and when I think of s suitable one to add, I will return and add it.
    Thanks for the laughs!

    • 12/10/2011 6:27 pm

      You are welcome… Do add yours as I’d love to read other limericks too. The Dirty Limerick site will have you in hysterics… their limericks are outrageous. TY! 🙂

  13. 11/10/2011 8:13 pm

    I am not good in writing a limericks, I have ever written it before. But I do really like to read Limericks and I like yours, Eliz 🙂


    • 12/10/2011 6:28 pm

      TY Yulia… With some practice you will get better. You can practice with the ones you read and just change the words to create your own… The beat of the words s important. 🙂

  14. 12/10/2011 4:01 am

    I loved them! I started smiling right now here at the start of my day. Thanks….

    • 12/10/2011 6:29 pm

      Glad they made you smile. I had a good laugh when i read them. TY! 🙂

  15. 12/10/2011 9:39 am

    Humor is so important to have so it was great to read all this limericks. What a quick and easy way to get a laugh. :p

    • 12/10/2011 6:30 pm

      They are very entertaining… If I had more guts, I would have added some really nutty ones. TY! 🙂

  16. 16/10/2011 8:13 am

    limericks are usually funny just because they verge on the unacceptable. we giggle almost guiltity and then go on to create our own

  17. 23/10/2011 8:42 am

    Giggling so hard, I can’t recall any. Great post, Elizabeth!

  18. 02/01/2012 10:56 am

    Thanks for your fun and informative post about limericks. Here’s one of mine:

    An Ode To The Limerick.
    By Madeleine Begun Kane

    Writing lim’ricks is sometimes confusing
    Cuz the rules can be tricky and bruising.
    But their sing-songy beat
    Can be fun — just don’t cheat.
    Write them right and they’re very amusing.

    I host limerick-writing challenges each week and hope to see you there: Limerick-Offs.

  19. dbonneville permalink
    13/07/2012 1:27 am

    I wrote a bunch of these for my graphic design blog. Designer will appreciate them:


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