Writing Limericks

Writing limericks really isn't difficult - and it can be a great stressbuster! Once you put your mind to it for a few minutes and come up with your own unique creation - you may agree that writing a limerick is some of the best fun you've had in a long time!

As we discussed on this page , limerick writing follows a simple pattern of rhyme - lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme, and lines 2 and 3 rhyme with each other.

Limericks are designed to be funny, and at times may also teach a lesson.

Writing a Limerick

There is definitely something to be said for being in a certain frame of mind to write a limerick. It may not work if you are feeling angry about your recent Emergency Room bill where you were charged over $2000 for about a 2 hour stay (and the doctor saw you for all of 5 minutes). And just in case you wondered, that is not a made up scenario!

Well, perhaps you could write a sarcastic, funny limerick in that case.

Ideally, though, choose a setting where you feel relaxed and your mind can think clearly. Some people prefer total silence in which to think. Others like soft background music. I myself wrote several limericks the other day (with only topics for inspiration) while watching a baseball game on TV.

Here's an example of one of them:

Blonde Humor Limerick

Blonde with blue eyes, you're all set-
She's got you caught in her net;
But between all the sighs,
Her head's in the skies,
Maybe you'd better have a brunette!

History of Limericks:
Why So Popular in Olden Times?

Funny stories, funny poems and funny songs were quite popular in older times, say the 1800's through at least the 1920's. At least part of this was due to the hard labor of those eras, and the relief sought after a hard day's work. This comic relief often took the form of funny or silly poetry and songs.

Many songs and poems were actually funny to the point of stupidity and many majored in nonsense.

It was expected that few songs or poems designed to soothe the tired masses would make a lot of practical sense.

Enjoy your venture of writing limericks and be sure to share them with the world by filling out the form below!

Have a Favorite Limerick?

Do you have an interesting limerick written by you or a friend? Or a funny limerick you read somewhere? Share it with us right here!

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]


Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

 submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Old Man's Tree 
There was an old man in a tree whose whiskers were lovely to see; but the birds in the air pluck'd them perfectly bare to make themselves nests in …

Example of a Limerick Poem:
Pam's Big Day
There was an old lady named Pam She fell into the fan She broke her leg Then pulled out a keg After that she craved roast lamb

Political Limericks:
Thoughts on Obama's Health Care Plan
Third in our audience submission of political limericks, this bit of poetry has both a funny and serious message to it. Since laughter is the best …

Limerick Poem:
Swine Flu Reflections
This limerick poem submission builds upon those ever increasing reports and YouTube videos questioning whether the current swine flu is even an accurate …

Limerick Leader:
Political Humor Inspires Poet
Political humor in the form of limerick leader laughter lines were the first to be submitted to these "write your own limericks" web pages. Case in point …

Late Boy (a Limerick Submission) Not rated yet
There was a boy who woke up late and had a very disciplined mate who tried the best to wake him early and told him to comb his hair which was curly …

Celebrities (a Limerick) Not rated yet
One there was an actor called Taylor Selena was so upset over her failure She is much better than Swift Bieber is looking forward to giving his gift …

KIDS LIMERICKS Not rated yet

Poor Eustace Not rated yet
There was a poor boy named Eustace, Who read books full of facts that were useless, He said, " Aw,what the heck," Then he tried to build a deck, But …

The Bear and The Pear Not rated yet
Carolyn was eating a pear That attracted a very big bear The bear took her food And ruined her mood Next time she’ll be more aware

Pie Not rated yet
I ate some pie I think it was key-lime I savored it Ate every bit Once it was gone, I sighed

Old Man's Beard Not rated yet
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 …

Joe, The Slow Moving Penguin Not rated yet
There once was a penguin named Joe, Who when he ran was very slow. When a puffle asked, If Joe was that fast, Joe always replied "Um, er, no.",

Limerick Examples:
Big Night
 Not rated yet
There once lived a man named Pete He couldn't go to sleep He was jumping up and down He put on a frown Then he thought to count 600 sheep

The Vet  Not rated yet
Lulu wants to be a vet, She'll treat anyone's pet; She'll treat your pet dog, She'll treat your pet hog; Yes Lulu wants to be a vet.

Click here to write your own.

Writing Limericks - Part I

Funny Limericks Hub

Go from Writing Limericks Part II to Clean Jokes Home

Enter Your Email Address

Enter Your Name