So Very Splendid
My Darling, you’re so very splendid,
if I wanted to – I couldn’t end it.
If you cannot allow
or do not know how,
to give me your heart, can you lend it?
A Little Pause To Explain The Beauty of the Limerick:
I began writing Limericks four years ago. I did a collection of them for St. Valentine’s Day on a free international writing site called Wattpad where I post my work. They became immensely popular, I think for a variety of reasons.
First, they are brief and to my mind brevity is the soul of poetry. To amuse, move, or inform someone in only a few words is a skill to my mind worth striving for.
Second, they include rhyming, which is far more popular with the public than some modern poets would have you believe. Our brains seem to be hard-wired for rhyme. You can see healing and many, many other beneficial effects in people with brain damage, in children and nursery rhymes and in song. Even in animals when you sing to your pets appear to love rhyme.
I don’t think anyone knows how old Limericks really are. They were said to be popularized by Edward Lear in his “Book of Nonsense” published in 1868 . The word Limerick was first included in the New English Dictionary in 1898 and in The US in 1902. The name is usually attributed to the city or county of Limerick In Ireland.
They usually consist of five rhyming lines: 3 longer lines 1, 2 & 5 and 2 shorter lines, 3 & 4, called the AABBA rhyming scheme.
Limericks are fun. You can do anything with them. They have an undeserved reputation for being only vulgar but this just isn’t true. They can be sweet, funny, romantic, or informative.
I strove at first, because of the holiday, to make mine romantic or sweet. But they were so popular they soon morphed into all varieties – primarily funny. But I’ve written environmental Limericks, political Limericks, funny, risqué Limericks, though none vulgar, I hope.
And I have a collection called ‘Literary Limericks,’ which consists of synopses-reviews of Limericks based on classic books I love. I’ve written a recipe for upside down cake in Limerick, so you can see they are enormously versatile. And remember, best of all… they are brief!
I’d accepted his invite spontaneously;
at dinner he charmed instantaneously.
I said: “I’m not skittish
but how shall we finish?”
He said: “I hope, simultaneously.”
I’m not sure I know what to say,
I’ve not had this sort of foreplay.
Too funny by half,
trying hard not to laugh,
but don’t stop…I like it this way.