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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

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.

If you enjoyed these limericks you may like:

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia on July 21, 2014:

Thanks stricktlydating.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on July 21, 2014:

Just a really cool page!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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 Queensland Australia 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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

Genna, what a great comment..."lemonade on a hot summer day" ...I am so glad you enjoyed these,limericks that much. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

Thank you MizBejabbers, I am glad I succeeded in making these funny. Limericks do become addictive once you start. Maybe it was reading some of yours that inspired me to try. Thanks for the vote up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

Hi Jo, as I told Harishprasad, I had always wanted to write limericks but thought they were too difficult especially to make funny, but I finally had a go and found it a fun experience. It is great to just be silly sometimes. I encourage you to try writing some again. Thanks for the vote up and share.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

Harishprasad my friend, I had always thought them too difficult before also, but for some reason I was inspire to try to write my first limerick. After that I had the urge to write another and it started to become easier. Thank you for your kind comment and support.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

Thank you Shyron. I am glad you now know what a limerick is. Thank you for your kind comment and vote up. Blessings.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 16, 2014:

"but the verses are somehow contagious." Lol...they certainly are.-) Thank for the laughter and smiles; reading these delightful limericks is like having a fresh glass of delicious lemonade on a hot summer day...it tickles your sense and refreshes like nothing else. Thank you!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 16, 2014:

You had me rolling with laughter. I can't write poetry either. My pathetic attempts are sitting idle in my HP file. Limericks are more my style, so I loved these. Voted up.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 16, 2014:

John, you had me in stitches. I love Limericks, I even had a go at writing a few, this makes me want to find my funny bone again. Clever, and so very delightful, well done. Up and sharing.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 16, 2014:

Limericks look simple but it is really a difficult job to write one. John, sometime back I had read beautiful haikus written by you and now I happened to savor these wonderful limericks, full of fun. You are a great artist and I love these creations. Voted up.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 16, 2014:

While searching for a Poem or Two

I came across these limricks

Written just by you

And all day long I will be thinking up a few

Wonderful, I did not realize what a Limrick was.

Thank you John.

Thumbs up, UABI and shared,

Blessings my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

Goodday Aneegma, good to see you starting yor Hub age ruising with one of my hubs. I had fun writing this, glad you enjoyed these limericks. WARNING! They are addictive.

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on June 16, 2014:

Good morning Johnny boy! After a hubpages free weekend it's always nice to start of my hubpage cruising with one of your lovely hubs. Very nicely written and I think I will now have the case of limericks to add to my various reading addictions. Good job my friend x

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2014:

MsDora, thanks for your kind comment. glad you found these funny, but I don't know if limericks are supposed to be sensible :)

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 16, 2014:

Great limericks, Jodah. What I like about them is that they are as sensible as they are funny. Great job!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 15, 2014:

Great to see you Ann, glad these gave you a smile. We all get busy with real life and sometimes fall behind here. I have so much trouble reading all the hubs of people I follow now but I try to read at least one new one of everybody...have to stop following anyone else..lol. Good luck with catching up and thanks for your kind comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 15, 2014:

Great limericks, John, and beautiful illustrations. I smiled throughout. Very clever.

Sorry I haven't visited you for a while; I'm now catching up with my favourite hubbers.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 15, 2014:

No problem Suzette, these were such fun to write it was a pleasure. Glad you liked the images too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 15, 2014:

Hey Kevin, thanks for reading Buddy and glad these appealed to you and tickled your funny bone. Thanks for the vote up too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 15, 2014:

Thanks for your kind words travmaj. Glad these are giving you a laugh more than once.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 15, 2014:

Wonderful limericks, John. They made me laugh and they are very clever! And the images to go with them are a hoot. Thanks for such an enjoyable and entertaining hub.

The Examiner-1 on June 15, 2014:

That was hilarious John. lol I love humor and laughing too. When I watch TV I usually prefer the funny ones. I voted it up an straight across and shared it.

Kevin

travmaj from australia on June 15, 2014:

Lovely and so well documented. Limericks are not easy to write and scan and you have done these beautifully, such fun. Have read them several times and just enjoying..thank you

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thank you so much Vellur. Glad you enjoyed these.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 14, 2014:

Great limericks, fun to read and voted up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thanks for enjoying this hub Jackie. Hope your weekend is going well.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 14, 2014:

Great fun hub. Thanks for the smiles and the video with more!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thank you ShinyM, I greatly appreciate you visiting this hub and your kind comment. Take care.

ShinyM on June 14, 2014:

These were great! The images were fun too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thanks for reading gamerjimmy23, good to see a new face. I personally liked that one too. :) glad you enjoyed.

Jimmy Gent from California on June 14, 2014:

LMAO! My favorite...

"I knew a young lady from Parkes

who was terribly frightened of sharks,

but she's swim in the sea

with dogfish you see.

She thought that they'd warn her with barks."

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 14, 2014:

You deserve it my friend!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thanks Shauna...I am over the moon to receive that. Can't believe it :)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 14, 2014:

Congrats on your Blue Ribbon Award, John! Awesome!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thanks for reading Shauna, glad they gave you a laugh. Yes for sure I know never to ask a lady that! Take care.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 14, 2014:

You did a great job, John. You had me chuckling here and there. Love the junk food lady. That's why you never ask a woman when she's due unless you know for a fact she's pregnant!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thank you for such a generous comment Audrey. drbj is a comedy genius and won Funniest Hubber last year, but doesn't seem to be writing here anymore unfortunately. I'm glad I made you laugh, and though I can't take drbj's place I hope I can keep writing hubs that others enjoy.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 14, 2014:

How hysterical Jodah. You are now a competitor with drbj. I think. You can write just about anything clever to appeal to readers. It is a gift to be able to make people laugh, especially. Thanks for sharing your talent. Sharing hub. Blessings, Audrey

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Glad to hear that Shanmarie, a laugh is good for you. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Glad to hear that Shanmarie, a laugh is good for you. Thanks for reading.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 14, 2014:

Oh my goodness - the one about the mine made me laugh out loud!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

H Eric, glad you enjoyed these limericks. Hope your day is wonderful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Kim, if I made you smile to start your day I am happy. Have a great one and I hope you get everything done that you need to. xx

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 14, 2014:

Just wonderful. Made my day better. e

ocfireflies from North Carolina on June 14, 2014:

thanks for making me SMILE--LOVE THIS-ALL-the limericks and the pics--perfect way to start my Saturday for there is so much to do, I better get going in order to get done what I need to do : )

SHARED MY FRIEND AND VOTED + across the board

kim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Thank you DDE, glad you found these limericks funny.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 14, 2014:

Awesome! You certainly did a fantastic job here.Voted up, interesting and funny.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2014:

Hi Faith, glad to hear you enjoy limericks. I really thought they would be difficult to write but once I started the words seemed to just materialize. I'd like to read the ones you wrote too. Pleased that you liked the video also. Thanks for the vote up.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 13, 2014:

I just love reading limericks. And I had no clue what one was until after reading another long-time hubber's limericks and I got such a kick out of them, so I studied the pattern and wrote a couple. It is fun to enjoy writing something fun and limericks are great fun indeed. Your limericks are excellent and I enjoyed reading all of them. Also love your choice of video too, perfect.

Up ++++ and away

Blessings for a wonderful weekend ahead

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Thank you for reading Elizabeth. Glad you enjoyed.

Elizabeth Wilson from Tennessee on June 13, 2014:

That was great! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Hey Kathleen, thanks for reading, pinning, voting up and sharing.....sorry to blow your mind...lol.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Thanks for reading Jamie. I know you are a limerick lover, so if you enjoy these they must be ok. It seems the prospector one is popular...lol. Oh, it's not Father's Day here until September, but you have a great one.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on June 13, 2014:

Loved this! Voted up, pinned and shared! So creative, you are so so creative Jodah. It blows my mind.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on June 13, 2014:

Yes I love them so much. What great fun. I like the prospector one the best, then the Hubpages one. Thank you for the great time and the smile. Hey, have a great Father's Day! Jamie

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Thank you Jan. It's the most fun I've had writing anything. Limericks are kind of addictive. I think I'll be writing more. Ta for the vote up.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on June 13, 2014:

That was fun, Jodah. Great job for your first try at limericks. The one about the train is my favorite. Keep up the good work. Voter funny, up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Rachael, thanks very much for that kind comment. Glad you enjoyed these. I appreciate the vote up and share too.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on June 13, 2014:

I love limericks and these were delightful! You don't have to wonder anymore if you can write them. You have aced it!

Voted up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Hey Bill, glad these are suited to your attention span. I'll have to write limericks more often. Glad you enjoyed. You have a good weekend too,

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2014:

Thanks for being the very first to read and comment Maria. Glad you enjoyed this hub. Have a great weekend back.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2014:

I have a terrible attention span for poetry; that's why limericks are just perfect for me....and I loved these. Have a great weekend, John.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 13, 2014:

So clever, Jodah...I smiled through the video as well, noticing how the old fashioned limericks tended to repeat one of the punch word rhymes, usually in the first and last lines.

Excellent work! Voted UP and all across. Have a great weekend, Maria

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