Poetry Friday: Lovely Limericks

Oh, limericks. Humorous, sometimes a bit naughty, and far more challenging to craft than they might immediately appear. A limerick:

“is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.”

English artist, poet, illustrator, musician and author Edward Lear was a master of the limerick, and made their creation seem effortless.

There was an Old Man of Aôsta,

Who possessed a large Cow, but he lost her;

But they said, ‘Don’t you see,

she has rushed up a tree?

You invidious Old Man of Aôsta!’

I must confess that I lack Lear’s deft hand and talent for word creation, but I thought I might just toss my own hat into the ring, and challenge my bourgeoning poetry skills by attempting to create an original limerick. Being the devout cat lady I am, I of course had to write about a cat (though the fact that cat is a very easy word to rhyme with might have had some influence on my decision).

Have a great week, everyone, and never be afraid to rock those ridiculous hats, or whatever else makes you feel amazing!