Wednesday, April 13, 2016

There Once Was a Limerick

It's poetry time! Excited? No? Scared? Me too.

If you're familiar with this blog you know that I bang my head up against this particular wall monthly. Some friends and I get together, pick a theme and all post poetry based on the theme. The theme for this month is National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month | There Once Was a Limerick | | #poetry #MyGraphics

In honor of National Poetry Month, I've decided to challenge myself with writing a type of poetry (OK, I'm admittedly using the term loosely here) I've not tried before. And in the spirit of the month that starts with a day called April Fools, I'm trying my hand at limericks. Lord help us all.

Now I know that limericks are a sillier form of poetry, but they're not really as simple to write as you'd think. They have a rhythm, a formula to follow. Generally they are 5 lines long. The first two lines and the last line rhyme with each other. They are also longer than the middle two lines. The middle two lines are shorter, rhyme with each other but not the other three lines. Confused? Good. Mission accomplished. Lets just say they go something like this:
There once was a man from Nantucket,

No? OK, how about this one:

There once was a boy at Purdue,
When he left his mama cried "boo hoo."
He then broke his leg,
(nothing to do with a keg),
Now they both feel like a pile of poo.

There was a young man, moved back in,
His mama knew this was no win.
Out late, lost his key,
TV loud at a.m. three,
Mama's heading for the loony bin.

There once was a girl from Cancun,
Whose mama said "you be home soon".
It was too big a feat,
trying every bakery treat,
she didn't come back home til June.

Spiked Caramel Pie, a light, rich pie baked with caramel and spiked with liqueur | Recipe developed by | #recipe #pie

Spiked Caramel Pie
Spiked Caramel Pie, a light, rich pie baked with caramel and spiked with liqueur | Recipe developed by | #recipe #pie

There once was a mama who bakes,
happy kids love whatever she makes.
But about their dinner, 
they claim she's no winner,
saying "can't you just let them eat cakes?"

There once was a limerick writer,
who thought of funny prose as lighter.
Her readers said "ewwww"
her kids said "p.u."
Drowning my sorrows in spiked apple cider.

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who went clamming with a big bucket,
Wife angrily said,
these are oysters instead.
"Well then, honey, I think you should suck it."

Sorry, that Nantucket thing was just too big a challenge to pass up.

Well, I can check "writing limericks" off my bucket list!

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends:

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares There Once Was a Poet

Candice of Measurements of Merriment shares April Showers Bring May Flowers

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares National Poetry Month

Sarah of Not That Sarah Michelle shares National Poetry Month: Exhale

Steena of The Angrivated Mom shares Baby of Mine.

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Spiked Caramel Pie
Printable Recipe
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Amaretto

1 cup heavy cream
2 TBSP powdered sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 TBSP flour
1/3 cup caramel topping
3 TBSP White Chocolate Liqueur
1 TBSP Amaretto

OPT: Additional caramel topping

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, 3 TBSP brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp Amaretto. Pat into the bottom and just barely up the sides of a springform pan.
*Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks hole.'Place in fridge.
*Beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Beat in the flour, caramel topping and liqueurs. Remove the whipped cream from the fridge and fold into the cream cheese mixture.
*Pour evenly into the prepared crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set. It will puff up, then sink.
*Remove from oven and allow to sit until cooled. Place in fridge for 2 hours.
*Gently run a knife around the edge of the pan before removing. OPT: Drizzle with additional caramel topping.
*Store in fridge.


  1. Great limerick! What a fun challenge.

    1. Thank you! We do it monthly, if you ever want to join in.

  2. Looks delicious -- and I love the limericks

  3. I am the queen of thinking/speaking in limericks. Around the house. All the time. To the dismay of the child and methinks the annoyance of the husband :-)

    1. I would absolutely love to be a fly on your wall. What a fun way to go through the day.

  4. You're an excellent poet, and don't even realize it. I get so excited for your poetry. Loved your Limerick addition to the poetry collaboration this month. When I added your link and saw Limerick, I couldn't wait. You didn't disappoint!!

    I need two of these pies and a bottle of Amaretto. Yum.

    1. Two pies and a bottle of Amaretto sounds perfect to me. You DID mean to share, right?

  5. Laughing out loud over here the poem was hilarious! The recipe looking amazing as always!

    1. Made you laugh AND drool, that's what I call a successful day!

  6. OMGosh that was HYSterical!! I loved it. Awesome job ma'am!!!
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  7. HAAAAA! I LOVE the limerick, well done! That pie looks lethally delicious.

    1. I'm loving how many people are amused. I may have to write more of these limericks.

  8. Oh how great I couldn't write a poem in any form no matter how I try

    1. I'm not good at it either, but I have to admit I enjoy trying.

  9. Replies
    1. Oh yeah, Diane, I can totally see Limericks being right up your alley.

  10. LOL! Good job! I love limericks, but they quickly get saucy in my head!

    1. Yeah, I think they get a little saucy for all of us, but they really are fun once you get started.


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