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Forsaking Limericks for Ballads — getting away from the AABBA

Limerick(s) of the Week for a Year!

By Gerard DiLeoPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
The Jig's Up: Limerick Emeritus!

That limerick of the week I'm to write

Should not be so unique it's alright

That it comes later than

Every seven days can

Such that my readers up'n'left, downright


After a year I've fallen behind

Gone out of sight and out of mind

It's just that I'm so sick

Of writing the limerick

I hereby up and resign


Where did they all get me?

Awash in kinky debauchery?

Maybe on paper

But not with my neighbor

Off the record they all rejected me


Though for a year I've gone the distance

In weekly consistent persistence

Doing Irish jigs

And rhyming the gigs

I think I'll just free-verse, perchance


A sonnet a week, a haiku a day

The other paths I could as easily sway

With wordsmithing well played

More likely I'll get laid

'Cause a ballad makes powerful foreplay


Sure I'll miss double entendres

Innuendos alluding sexual congress

But rhyming dirty

Just ain't as flirty

As my assonance with a sexy accomplice


Size doesn't matter

Hyperbole makes organs no fatter

But slip in a spondee

With some fricative and you'll see

That poetry makes her wildcatter


This is #54, so it's a wee bit more than a whole year. Consider it two extra, just for luck. Sadly, I may be all Limerick'd out! Retiring here a Limerick Writer Emeritus.


About the Creator

Gerard DiLeo

Retired, not tired. In Life Phase II: Living and writing from a decommissioned church in Hull, MA. (Phase I was New Orleans and everything that entails. Hippocampus, behave!


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Comments (4)

  • John Cox2 months ago

    Loved this, Gerard!

  • I had no idea that your Limerick every week was a one-year challenge! Congratulations on completing it! You rock!

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Congratulations on completing a bold undertaking! I still find myself writing limericks constantly, even if only in my head. I haven't published many on Vocal since the Ludicrous Limerick challenge, but they're still one of my favorites.

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    Did I miss something? You've been writing limericks for a year? Di Leo, a poet extreme, Did decide on a challenge supreme. Every week he'd devote To a poem he wrote, Made of words never previously seen.

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