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Celebrating UK National Limerick Day (May 12th)

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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Happy National Limerick Day!

That's right, today, the UK celebrates the birthday of poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888) who popularised the limerick when he published The Book of Nonsense in 1846.

For those who don't know, a limerick is a short, unusually nonsensical poem, comprised of five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth also rhyme. The five lines follow the rhythm of the anapestic trimeter.

As an example, here is one of the most well known limericks ever written. You probably didn't even realise it was a limerick:

Hickory, dickory, dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Superhero Limericks

As my contribution to National Limerick Day, here are three limericks based on famous superheroes.

The Flash

There was a superhero called Flash

Who could make a very fast dash.

He ran past a car

And into a bar,

Then drank a quick beer and got smashed.

The Flash

The Flash

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,

Have all built their nests in my beard!'

— Edward Lear

The Hulk

A big angry brute known as Hulk

Was famous for his massive green bulk,

But when his anger subsided

His name was derided,

So he'd sit in the corner and sulk.

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The Hulk

The Hulk

There was an Old Person of Ewell,

Who chiefly subsisted on gruel;

But to make it more nice

He inserted some mice,

Which refreshed that Old Person of Ewell.

— Edward Lear

Ironman

My favourite Avenger is Ironman,

He flies through the air like Pan Am.

But his secret to power

Is self-raising flour,

And his suit's made from old pots and pans.

Ironman

Ironman

Deadpool

The anti-hero called Deadpool

Just doesn't follow the rules.

Though his mouth is uncouth

He's a seeker of truth,

And is certainly nobody's fool.

Deadpool

Deadpool

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 14, 2017:

What can I say, Shauna :) ? I never thought of Hickory Dickory Dock as a Limerick either, but it is obvious that it is. Thanks for reading these.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 14, 2017:

John, you're a master! And, you're right: I never knew Hickory, Dickory Doc was a limerick.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 04, 2017:

Glad you enjoyed these limericks, Ann. The only reason I knew it was Uk National Limerick Day was because I read it on Facebook :) but I like writing limericks so used it as an excuse for some more. Oh, I read a few saucy ones while researching don't worry ;)

Ann Carr from SW England on June 04, 2017:

Great limericks, John! I didn't even realise it was our day for celebrating Edward Lear; it passed me by whilst sorting the house!

Following on from bill, limericks are often a bit saucy but you've managed to give us tasteful examples - well done, John!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 16, 2017:

Thank you, Nithya.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 16, 2017:

Loved the limericks, enjoyed reading.

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on May 15, 2017:

(Rapturous applause - and all that jazz): You've convinced me, John. We share mercenary traits - there's a bit of the Viking in you after all.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 14, 2017:

Thank you MsDora. Glad you enjoyed.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 14, 2017:

Thanks for the information on Edward Lear. The name is well known , but knowing his connection to the limerick will make him more likely to be remembered. Jodah, I like your limericks too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 13, 2017:

Patty, I added the Deadpool limerick to the hub. Thanks for the prompt.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 13, 2017:

Thank you, John - that is wonderful!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 13, 2017:

One for Patty:

The anti-hero called Deadpool

Just doesn't follow the rules.

Though his mouth is uncouth

He's a seeker of truth,

And is certainly nobody's fool.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 13, 2017:

Haha, Eric. No, not all. Only the popular ones.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 13, 2017:

What fun!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2017:

Very cool. And I thought all limericks were dirty ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 13, 2017:

You asked, "Let me know what you think,"

I relpied while sipping a drink,

"Me pay for my work?

That sounds like a lurk.

And they said the titanic can't sink."

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 13, 2017:

Deadpool is a superhero with potty mouth and dark humor. Lol. Played by Ryan Reynolds.

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on May 13, 2017:

The Board was out for a while on that one, John... OK, they decided you could have the job as long as you pay them for the work you do. Let me know what you think... (that's your starting line).

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Thank you, Martin.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on May 12, 2017:

my compiments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Patty, thank you for that generous comment. Yes, same here with reading Lear during childhood. What is "Deadpool?" I am sure I should know.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 12, 2017:

I am delighted by your own limericks, John! I read Lear all my childhood, even high school. Deadpool needs a limerick :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Thank you, Linda. Glad you had fun with these limericks.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2017:

Thanks for sharing a fun article, John. I enjoyed reading your limericks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Thank you for sharing that, Alan. Those limericks are wonderful.

The superhero verses were written by me,

I had to think of somethings you see.

Although not the best,

They may pass the test

Disguised as limericks they be.

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on May 12, 2017:

"There was an old git from Killarney

Who said he'd just kissed the Blarney.

His wife'd just run off

With a Dubliner toff,

And all he had left was a sarney!"

Welcome to the wunnerful world of Paddy rhymes, eh? I grew up on the stuff, even if I was near Middlesbruff. Very popular, they were - still are - around that area (lots of Paddy migrants in the old days, building railways and such in the industrial North).

Let's have one from thee,

John Hansen I see

You might have the gift

To gather and sift,

But can you riddle-me-ree?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Yes, it was fun to write this, Mike. I need to write these light hearted pieces now and then. Have a great weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Glad you enjoyed this whonu. Thanks for sharing in the fun.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Cheers, bro. I like to bring out the child in me now and then.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Glad it gave you a chuckle. Thanks for reading, Nadine.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

You are now, Larry :) Thanks.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 12, 2017:

HI John - That was a fun read. You had some fun with this and that is how it should be.

whonunuwho from United States on May 12, 2017:

I enjoyed the read and the entertainment. Thanks for sharing this fun celebration. whonu

manatita44 from london on May 12, 2017:

Nice! A childlike piece for me. Quite charming!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on May 12, 2017:

Ha ha well done. Very creative

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 12, 2017:

Wasn't aware of the occasion:-)

Great read!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Thank you, Mark. Your comment is much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Thanks Louise. I didn't either until I read it earlier today. Lear inspired a lot of my poetry.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on May 12, 2017:

Loved the limericks. All were right on point. My favorite was The Flash. Thanks

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 12, 2017:

I love Lears Limericks. I didn't know it was his birthday today.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2017:

Ah, the Nantucket one. I read that earlier, Bill. I think it may have been the censored version though :) Thanks for being the first to read this one.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 12, 2017:

The first limerick I ever learned was one about an old man from Nantucket, which I can't repeat here. Yours are much more acceptable. :)

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