Today is Limerick Day.
Per Wikipedia: “A limerick is a form of verse, often humorous and sometimes obscene, in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.”
Per me: A limerick is an annoying form of verse that is usually intended to be funny and is often intended to be dirty.”
There was a young lady of Niger
who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
with the lady inside,
and the smile on the face of the tiger. (Edward Lear)
There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comments arose
On the state of her clothes,
She replied, “When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.” (Ogden Nash)
Wikipedia had this one which I think is pretty clever:
Which when read out loud is:
There was a young man from Japan
Whose limericks never would scan.
And when they asked why,
He said “I do try!
But when I get to the last line I try to fit in as many words as I can.”
Feel free to add more in the comments. There’s that one about Nantucket (clean and dirty versions) that I feel sure we’ll see down there. :