The Limerick, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project

Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.

Once they’d completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun new idea, which David loved – to explore different poetic forms together, working through the Alphabet from ‘A’ to ‘Z’.

Every week, for twenty-six weeks beginning in January of the year 2022, they would take turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letter corresponding to that particular week (1=A, 2=B, etc., etc.) and write poems to one another using that form.

David suggested they call their new project ‘Form verses creativity’, and so it began.


L for Limerick

David’s Limerick

An Israeli who thought he could rhyme
met an Indian who kept perfect time.
He would oft share his verse,
which she'd read with lips pursed
and then rework into stanzas sublime. 

Sangeetha’s Limerick

An Indian who gets lost in her words
met an Israeli who converses in verse
They began a cute collab
penning poems, fun to fab,
syncing syllables and melding worlds

Limerick?

A limerick (/หˆlษชmษ™rษชk/ LIM-ษ™r-ik) is a form of verse, usually humorous and frequently rude, in five-line, predominantly anapestic trimeter 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..



Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

36 thoughts on “The Limerick, or: Form verses creativity”

  1. I’ve said it before – really dislike writing limericks. I’m guessing you chose this form… Reading these were enjoyable!

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