Today is the National Limerick Poetry Day, according to the internet, it is celebrated annually on May 12. Silly me, had no idea that a day was dedicated to limerick poetry, in spite of managing a weekly limerick poetry challenge! Yea, yea go ahead, shake your head and tsk tsk at me! *cringes in anticipation of the number of tsk tsks!*
The National Limericks Poetry Day, it seems, is celebrated in honor of the English author and poet Edward Lear (yes, I Googled that!). Lear is mostly known for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks. He popularized limerick poems in his book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.
I know you are all experts here, but for those of you who do not know:
“A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.”
Being a huge fan of limericks, I thought it only fair to share a limerick to celebrate this wonderful day and I invite you to join me in this celebration.
You can also celebrate by writing a few lines of a limerick poem. If you are looking for some inspiration or a prompt click on this link to take you to the page that has the prompts from the weekly limerick challenges. That should of some help.
Not interested in writing a limerick? Then, simply write a few lines about this day and share it on social media with #NationalLimerickDay , I found this one from the Met Office too good to not share!
Here’s the one I conjured combining my love for Limericks and Cinderella stories 😀
Once upon a time there was a girl
With a bright smile she wore a heart of pearl
Enclosed she was in a thrall
From going to the ball
When the Magic Fairy appeared ‘Ella got her swirl!
Happy National Limerick Day, everyone!