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Irish Eyes and Limericks

Posted on May 12, 2016 by in Illustrations |

Beautiful Irish Girl Painting

Did you know that May 12 is Limerick Day? Nope, neither did I. But it is. The day of May 12 is also the birthday of Edward Lear, who was one of the champions of this lighthearted and fun Irish form of poetry. The limerick first gained popularity in Lear’s work, Book of Nonsense, and it’s several sequels.

A few fun limericks to enjoy…

There was a Young Man from Kent
Whose Rod was so long it bent.
So to save himself trouble
He bent it in double,
And instead of coming – he went!

There once was a man from Bel Air
Who was doing his wife on the stair
But the banister broke
So he doubled his stroke
And finished her off in mid-air

There was a young sailor named Bates
Who danced the fandango on skates.
But a fall on his cutlass
Has rendered him nutless,
And practically useless on dates.