Bad habit, or: Assimilation

A Limerick

Twerk hard though she tried, none would grab it.
Frustrated, she'd often mutter, "Dagnabbit!"
Deemed poorly suited for the Church,
Whenever she danced, she would lurch -
Cuz she simply couldn't get out of that habit.


For some reason, I’ve noticed that limericks receive some particularly touchy comments from poets here on WordPress. Some have told me that they don’t really like limericks, and some others have mentioned that they themselves would never write one.

To be honest, I don’t really understand either of these sentiments, but, regardless, I’ve enjoyed the sound of limericks ever since Roald Dahl introduced them to me in my childhood through his children’s book Matilda (I had most of Roald Dahl’s books on my shelf)… And, sometimes, limericks come to me unbidden and make me chuckle.

So… I dunno… Perhaps they’re clichรฉ and perhaps they’re considered gauche… but I cannot help myself – I really enjoy a good limerick!

45 thoughts on “Bad habit, or: Assimilation”

  1. Ha ha.
    I love limericks. I wrote one in college for an assignment and scandalized my English teacher. It went:

    There was a young moron
    Who wished he werenโ€™t born
    He wouldnโ€™t have been
    If his father had seen
    That the tip of the rubber was torn.


  2. I love a good limerick – to read but please don’t ask me to write one!! The cinquain is a form with so many variations. Of course the Limerick is just one of many so I don’t get those who think it inferior~ Not all poetry has to be “serious” to be good! I did chuckle at this one!

  3. I don’t take them particularly seriously, but then ?I think that is the point.

    I have heard the sentiment that they are low-brow, but there again, what is the point in highbrow poetry if readers cannot understand it?

      1. I think the whole point of a language is to help us to communicate with each other, and if we lose that…

        I must admit I shied away from both reading and writing poetry for the longest time since I just thought of it as the writer showing off – look how dextrous I am. Without regard to communication. Even now, I’m not sure that viewpoint is entirely incorrect.

          1. If you found a measure, you are the first ๐Ÿคฃ

            I’ll tell you what limericks do give you, though, is a strong sense of meter. I can often look even at free verse and think, “that line would be better with another syllable”.

  4. Well this made me laugh! For me, if a limerick is going to work, it needs to be genuinely funny, or so something expected, as yours did. Otherwise I just donโ€™t see the point!

  5. I enjoyed this one!
    Your cover image reminds me of one time in Israel, I saw a very visibly Orthodox woman smoking a cigarette at a bus stop. I realized them that although I’d seen Orthodox men smoke, I’d never seen an Orthodox woman do so. I’m sure there are plenty who do, especially in Israel. But she was the first I had seen.
    I’m going to be honest (You won’t like this): I like limericks far more than most micropoetry.

    1. I don’t mind that. I don’t even mind people who don’t like limericks or don’t like to write limericks… but I just don’t get it, that’s all. I feel like all these different forms are good at expressing different feelings and ideas.

      1. no accounting for taste – I can understand the fascination for children now, didn’t then; now I just think his work is a bloody waste of a good phantasy ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคข

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