Funny Limericks

Funny Limericks are five line poems with a strict format. The first, second and fifth lines rhyme, as do the third and fourth. Limericks are usually funny, or at least light, in tone. A classic example of the form is the following nursery rhyme. It doesn't share the exact rhythm of a true funny limerick, but it does have the same rhyme scheme and a similar rhythm.

Hickory, dickory, dock.

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one

and down he run.

Hickory, dickory, dock.

by "Mother Goose"

Of course, it is impossible to talk about limericks wihtout mentioning Edward Lear. He wrote hundreds of them, published in his Book of Nonsense. He made this form popular back in 1845 -- and funny limericks are still popular to this day.

The following is a Lear classic:

Grandpa's Beard

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 beard.

by Edward Lear
art by Julie Martin

Now you might ask why there is art by Julie Martin illustrating this poem. That is because this illustration goes with my poem, "Grandpa Used to Shave Each Day," from my book (illustrated by Julie Martin), A Little Bit of Nonsense. It was probably inspired by Lear, but only on a subconscious level. "Grandpa" is not a limerick.

Limericks are fun to read and fun to write. If you'd like to learn how to write limericks, you might want to check out this
writers-block-help's limerick page.

The following are funny limericks I've written both recently and over the years. And good news, all the poems on this page are free! Read them. Share them - as long as they are for your own personal use and gift-giving. Please read our terms of use.

Ghent Limericks

Okay, I've never been to Ghent. And I didn't even know where it was until I checked it out on Wikipedia. (It's in Belgium.)

Click on Irish Limericks if you'd like to see an entire web page devoted to just that.

It doesn't much matter where the town is. What matters is that "Ghent" is such a lovely rhyming word for a funny limerick.

Here are two limericks. I enjoyed writing them so much that I might write more! The first one I wrote in my head with no paper during an episode of early morning insomnia. (I assure you that my bed is soft.)

There was an old lady from Ghent

who slept on a bed of cement.

Her bed was well used

and her body well bruised,

and the back of her head had a dent.

by Denise Rodgers

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The second "Ghent" limerick was written purely with an eye (or ear) to the rhymes.

There once was a woman from Ghent

who never liked paying her rent.

"My paycheck's so small,

when I go to the mall,

I find all my money's been spent.

by Denise Rodgers

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Boca Limericks

It's not that Boca really rhymes well with anything (except maybe "polka"). But it lends itself well to funny limerick wordplay -- if you're thinking with a "New Yawk" accent. Boca, or "Boca Raton," is in Florida.

There was a young fella from Boca

who liked to play five-dollar poka.

He'd laugh and drink booze.

Did he win? No he'd lose.

And that's why this fella went broka.

by Denise Rodgers

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There was an old geezer from Boca

who was an unstoppable smoka.

He'd light up all day.

Would he stop it? No way!

Till of course, he did finally croaka.

by Denise Rodgers

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Greater Flint Limericks

Flint is in the central eastern part of Michigan's mitten (lower peninsula). Grand Blanc is a suburb of Flint. Here are two funny Flint-area limericks:

There once was a young man from Flint

who worked at the circus a stint.

He flew through the air

with hardly a care,

and that's why his body's all bint.

by Denise Rodgers

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There was a young man from Grand Blanc

decided to act on a prank.

He pulled out a skunk

from the back of his trunk

and that's why he stunk and he stank.

by Denise Rodgers

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Michigan Limerick

If you go to my Michigan Poetry page, you'll see that I've written an entire book of poetry about Michigan, called
Great Lakes Rhythm & Rhyme.

The following limerick is a new poem not included in that book.

There once was a fisher from Michigan

who said, "I must go back and fish again."

He cast out his line,

caught a fish every time.

And fish was his favorite dish again.

by Denise Rodgers

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For more limericks, please go to my
Irish Limerick page.

or check out these pages . . .

Funny Sonnet Poems

Funny Simile Poems

Onomatopoeia Poems

I hope you enjoyed all the funny limericks on this page.
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