Limericks

Limericks

What is a Limerick?

A limerick is a short and fun five-line poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines are longer than the third and fourth lines. The rhyming pattern is AABBA. The longer A lines rhyme with each other and the shorter B lines rhyme with each other.

  • Line 1: 7-10 syllables A
  • Line 2: 7-10 syllables A
  • Line 3: 5-7 syllables B
  • Line 4: 5-7 syllables B
  • Line 5: 7-10 syllables A

17 Funny Limerick Poems

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  1. 1. A Wonderful Bird Is The Pelican

    This well known Limerick is often misattributed to other famous poets such as Ogden Nash. Dixon Lanier Merritt (1879–1972) was an American poet, editor, historian and humorist

    A wonderful bird is the pelican,
    His bill will hold more than his belican,
    He can take in his beak
    Enough food for a week

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    My best childhood friend loved this poem! We were separated by four hours as we lived in different cities and had become married with children. Our visits existed by phone. At least once...

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  3. 2. Limericks By Edward Lear

    Collection of Limericks by Edward Lear (1812-1888). Most are from A Book of Nonsense published in 1846.

    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,

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    Those birds will just nest anywhere! Of course they need to build a home for their young-uns. Our dad told us a story that when he was young he would help gather the clothes off the clothes...

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  5. 3. Candy Tree Shops

    As I enjoy reading and writing limericks, it was a delight to see that limericks are one of the four poetry forms in the 2019 Summer Poetry Contest. Children love poetry with some humour and a rhythmic beat. I hope to have gotten that right in these limericks I've written for children to read and hopefully enjoy. Five Limericks, each having a line syllable count of 10,10, 5, 5, 9.

    • By Beryl L Edmonds
    • Published: August 2019 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    If ice cream could be grown on the tree top,
    Tiny tummies would be liking it lots.
    Any fruit flavour
    For all to savour.

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    Thank you for the congratulations on my winning the Summer Poetry Contest, Brother John. Winning was an unexpected surprise. To my mind, all of the entries were worthy winners. Yours I...

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  6. 4. Statistics

    I love to laugh. I'm a husband and I'm the father of two young children. I find that bringing home a joke or a funny story is one of the most rewarding ways to balance our day and keep love alive.

    • By Peter Sellers
    • Published: May 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Having had just a bit too much wine
    the statistician opted to recline
    head in the Frigidaire
    feet out in the hot air

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    • Rating 3.43
  7. 5. Tribute To Michael Jordan

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published: March 2009 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    There’s a fellow we knew as Air Jordan
    Years ago many planes he was boardin’
    When he left his abode
    To play games on the road

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    • Rating 4.48
  8. 6. The Ball Up High

    I wanted to write something children can read and relate to about the sun, so I thought I'd try limericks, and this came up. I hope you like it.

    Once I did hear my brother call
    The sun a giant fire ball.
    How can that be?
    For what I see,

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    • Rating 4.18
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    The poem written in simple colloquial language expresses the genuine thoughts of an innocent child who admires nature.

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  9. 7. Harvey The Hippo

    This poem is in the limerick form, and it is unusual because limericks are carried through all eight stanzas. It is also an example of a rhyming poem. As for me, I am a retired university professor who enjoyed a tenure of 32 years at Chicago State University where my job was to prepare teachers for children with special needs.

    • By Alan Balter
    • Published: July 30, 2021 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Harvey is a huge hippopotamus
    Who bathes in a bay that is bottomless
    HIs mouth is as large
    As a riverboat barge

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    Hi Rita, thanks for the kind words about Harvey the Hippo. I've got about 20 otherr poems like Harvey. I can also furnish an illustrator. You go ahead and find a publisher, and we can be...

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  10. 8. Listen To Mum

    A limerick regarding my school days (or should I say fooling around playing truant days). It's only later on in life you realize a good education is the key to success.

    • By John P. Read
    • Published: August 2019 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    I remember when I was small and cool,
    I was always playing truant from school.
    My mum used to say,
    "You'll regret it one day

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    It's only now that I'm older I realise my school years were the best days of my life. If only I could turn back time.

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  11. 9. Tribute To Lou Costello

    RIP Lou Costello, March 6, 1906 - March 3, 1959

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published: May 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    There once was a man called Costello
    A silly Vaudevillian fellow
    He expired this day
    So this tribute we pay

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    • Rating 3.62
  12. 10. Tribute To Norman Rockwell

    Tribute to Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978). Norman Rockwell was an American painter and illustrator, best known for his cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post. He is considered one of the greatest American illustrators of the 20th century, and his works are known for their depiction of American culture and values, and their ability to capture the human experience.

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published: May 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    His paintings are slices of life
    Depicting the joy and the strife
    And the highs and the lows
    Of the subjects he chose

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    • Rating 3.49
  13. 11. Confessions Of A Serial Plant Killer

    Limericks about not having a Green Thumb, This poem is written in limerick form. I enjoy writing humorous rhyming poems, and this one is based on my personal experience (or should I say, lack of experience) with indoor plants.

    Oh, I wish that I had a green thumb.
    All my houseplants are looking quite glum.
    I never can tell
    Why they're looking unwell

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    Greetings, fellow Aussie! Yes, "the care we inflict"....well put. Thanks, Raelene, for the kind feedback.

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  14. 12. Rest In Peace Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th president of the United States until his assassination on April 15, 1865.

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published: April 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    There once was a fellow named Abe
    And today is the day he was slayed
    John Wilkes Booth took his life
    As he sat with his wife

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    • Rating 4.34
  15. 13. Me And Chemistry

    A limerick on Chemistry a subject that I'm not to fond of.

    • By Faaizah
    • Published: May 2019 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    There's this subject called chemistry
    how it works is a total mystery
    it is an atom
    says my madam

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    The chemistry subject can be difficult at first, but it will really show you everything you need to know in the world, because this world itself is chemistry.

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  16. 14. Happy Mother's Day Limerick

    A limerick wishing mothers a happy Mother's Day

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published: May 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    There's a lady in each of our lives
    Who endured all the lows and the highs
    That her children went through
    Like the mumps or the flu

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    This is a poem almost everyone can relate to. I thank you for making this. I read this to my mom for Mother's Day, and she teared up a little!

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  17. 15. When I'm Old

    A reflection on the passing years and of things to come.

    • By Michael Holding
    • Published: July 2015 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    When I'm old and mankey,
    I'll never use a hanky.
    I'll wee on plants
    and soil my pants

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    • Rating 3.98
  18. 16. Homework Limerick

    This is a limerick about homework and why we don't enjoy it.

    • By Alyssa Tyler Ashely Lily Skylar Emily
    • Published: May 2015 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Why do we have homework after school?
    This is so uncool.
    I so want to cry
    I want to deny

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    This is very funny and true. Nice poem. Keep it up!

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  19. 17. Happy Easter Limerick

    A cute limerick about Easter

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published: May 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Easter weekend's a time when we feast
    On a turkey that's freshly deceased
    Or a slow roasted duck
    That has run out of pluck

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    • Votes 178
    • Rating 3.74

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