The Lure of the Limerick

English: Edward Lear, illustration for "T...
English: Edward Lear, illustration for “The Owl and the Pussycat” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always held a great affection for the Limerick.  Recently I came across some attempts that my daughter Lisa and I made at this old form using family members as subjects.  Edward Lear has always been a great proponent of the Limerick since he published his First Book of Nonsense in 1845.  I love his Owl and the Pussycat.


There once was a woman called Katharine

Who was a hermaphrodite African

She played the gazoo

In Woolloomooloo*

And drank saffron-spiced tea from a pannikin

(* Wooloomooloo is an old inner suburb of Sydney)


A funny old geezer called Rod

Whose  behaviour was really quite odd

Would go quite beresque*

If you went near his desk

Or anywhere else near his bod.

(*beresque is Australian slang for berserk.  It means injuriously, maniacally or furiously violent or out of control; berserk.)


I once met a fellow called Jake

Who could charm the skin off a snake

He lived every day

In a disciplined way

From the moment he first was awake.


A feisty young lady called Lisa

Who was really a bit of a teaser

Had men everywhere, 

Some were straight, some were queer,

But not one poor geezer could please her! 

Edward Lear
Edward Lear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 thoughts on “The Lure of the Limerick”

  1. I love limericks, too : ) Only problem is that once I read a few I start thinking in limerick, making up rhymes about everything around me. Now I’ve read yours I’m off…There once was a…

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