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Lessons for Life Through Limericks

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

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Every now and then, for some unknown reason I find myself in a crazy mood and just have the urge to write something light and frivolous. Those who have been following me for awhile will know that I often express this humorous mood in my 'micro-poems'.

This time I thought I'd try something a little different. I have never written a limerick before, but what better way to express a little frivolity. I hope you enjoy this nonsense poetry (and it does contain important 'life' lessons, as the title says.)

 New York, November 1936. Hair tonic salesman advertising his wares 'Joe's Egg Cream', Seventh Avenue at 38th Street.

New York, November 1936. Hair tonic salesman advertising his wares 'Joe's Egg Cream', Seventh Avenue at 38th Street.

There was an old man named McFinn

who's hair was exceedingly thin.

He bought a hair tonic

which made him cough chronic,

because it made his hair grow within.

Spiny Dogfish Shark

Spiny Dogfish Shark

I knew a young lady from Parkes

who was terribly frightened of sharks,

but she'd swim in the sea

with dogfish you see.

She thought that they'd warn her with barks.


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There once was a woman from Perth

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who was thought overdue to give birth.

The real cause of affliction

was fast food addiction,

which gave her a very wide girth.

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A young fellow went fishing one day

on a river they call the Delray.

He threw in his line,

and pulled out a mine'

exclaiming, "That blew me away!"

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A prospector was looking for gold,

as a fossicker he was quite bold.

He dug up a vein,

right in front of a train.

The rest doesn't need to be told.

Banbury Cross

Banbury Cross

On the road to Banbury Cross

the cock horse slipped on some moss.

It tossed the poor rider,

who landed in cider.

To explain that I'm still at a loss.

Miss Banbury Cross, Burlesque After Dark.

Miss Banbury Cross, Burlesque After Dark.

I wrote a new poem for Hub Pages,

to set it out right took me ages.

I made it all rhyme,

it seemed good at the time,

but the verses are somehow contagious.

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 21, 2015:

Hello Cris, great to see you. Better late than never they say. Thanks for reading, glad these made you laugh, and have a great week ahead.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 21, 2015:

So, it seems I missed another one of your excellent jobs John. :) This surely made me laugh on this quite rough Monday.

Round of applause!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2014:

We all need a laugh to begin the day Paula. Thanks for reading.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 08, 2014:

Silly and fun! Good laugh first thing in the am.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2014:

Thank you pkmcruk, glad these brought a smile to your face.

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on September 08, 2014:

Thank you for providing the laugh a day which Chaplin recommends! Really enjoyable page.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 21, 2014:

Thanks stricktlydating.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on July 21, 2014:

Just a really cool page!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 13, 2014:

Thanks for reading these limericks Fullerman. I have only started writing them recently, but they are somewhat addictive. I have written three limerick hubs now and more to come.

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on July 13, 2014:

This was an awesome read. I enjoyed it very much. You are a very talented writer. I enjoy limerick hubs. Plus, I am a huge Charlie Chaplin fan and I love that quote at the beginning. The piece about the pregnant woman was my favorite. Great job. I cannot wait to read more.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2014:

Thanks for the compliment teaches. I had never tried limericks until recently. Check my other limerick hub if you haven't already. It has a video on how to write them.

Dianna Mendez on June 26, 2014:

I admire people who can write such clever limericks. They are short and sweet, but darn if I can't do it as such.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2014:

Thanks so much for the kind comment nighthag, glad it made you smile for the dentist :)

If you want to read another hub relating to a dental appointment you may like to read my "Battle of Hansen's Gap" which I wrote after my recent dentist visit.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on June 22, 2014:

This was hub was lots of fun to read while at the dentist

Thank you!

Hubpages and the delray mine were my personal favourites

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2014:

OK Flourish, I think you have convinced me. I'll try to write more. Thanks for the vote up, pin, and share.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 21, 2014:

Please do more! These were so funny. Voted way up, pinning and sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2014:

Thank you Frank, I was in a humorous mood when I wrote these, glad they turned out funny and clever.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 18, 2014:

entertaining, fun and clever some of the pics were a gas too voted awesome!!!!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2014:

Thank you for reading, appreciating and leaving a kind comment Alicia.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 16, 2014:

These limericks are so creative and clever, Jodah! Thank you very much for sharing them.