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

16 Funny Limerick Poems

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  1. 1. A Wonderful Bird Is The Pelican

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    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

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    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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    • Rating 3.94
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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

    • By Beryl L Edmonds
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2019 with 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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    • Votes 295
    • Rating 4.03
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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

    • By Peter Sellers
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014 with 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 3.35
  7. 5. Homework Limerick

    • By Alyssa Tyler Ashely Lily Skylar Emily
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2015 with 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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    • Votes 2085
    • Rating 3.89
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    This is very funny and true. Nice poem. Keep it up!

  8. 6. Music Players: A Brief History

    • By Doug W Benson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 7, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    There once was a disk called a record
    Played on vinyl with a stylus connector
    Known for hisses and pops
    And scratches on top

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    • Rating 4.46
  9. 7. Rest In Peace Abraham Lincoln

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2014 with 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 4.37
  10. 8. Confessions Of A Serial Plant Killer

    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.

  11. 9. Tribute To Michael Jordan

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2009 with 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 4.33
  12. 10. Harvey The Hippo

    • By Alan Balter
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2021 with 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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    • Stories 5
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    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 45
    • Rating 4.24
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    I enjoyed the quality presentation of the hippo story. The rhyme style was very skilled, and there was care for rhythm while telling a coherent and entertaining tale.

  13. 11. The Ball Up High

    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 4.19
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    The poem written in simple colloquial language expresses the genuine thoughts of an innocent child who admires nature.

  14. 12. Listen To Mum

    • By John P. Read
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2019 with 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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    • Rating 4.09
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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.

  15. 13. Happy Mother's Day Limerick

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014 with 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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    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 333
    • Rating 4.08
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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!

  16. 14. Tribute To Lou Costello

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014 with 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 3.81
  17. 15. Happy Easter Limerick

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014 with 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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    • Rating 3.74
  18. 16. Tribute To Norman Rockwell

    • By Neil Dickinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014 with 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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    • Favorited 1
    • Votes 212
    • Rating 3.56

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