National Limerick Day is May 12th


Well, is this more fun than poets should be allowed to have, or what??  An actual day where people all over the world come together to celebrate the talent of crafting the LIMERICK!  (Party on, Garth)

The date of May 12th was chosen to host this writing holiday in celebration of the birthdate of English artist, illustrator, author and poet, Edward Lear. While certain, Lear’s parents would take credit for Lear’s creation, I was not able to find any source for the creation of this special day. 

A limerick, you say? What on earth…   Okay, write 5 lines of poetry with the 1st, 2nd and 5th rhyming with each other and the 3rd and 4th rhyming with each other. Keep the 3rd and 4th a bit shorter than the other three and you pretty much have a limerick. If you were to do a bit more digging, you will find some actual specifics as to how to craft each line. For instance, once source I found, addressed a specific syllable count (holy haiku or what).  Of course, when reading a successful limerick, you can hear the meter, so that would make sense.  So if you must count them out, then by gosh, GO FOR IT!  Most of all, HAVE FUN!!!

Naturally, there is a w-i-d-e field of play here, lots of room for interpretation and of course plenty of opportunity to infuse a rhyme with one’s personality. Play around with combinations, read several limericks and see what you, yourself, can come up with.

Want to take it a step further? Check out

They hold a weekly competition on their small, independent website.

I am not, personally, hosting a challenge, I just wanted to stir the pot, plant a seed or two and see if others might find a bit of fun in writing a limerick.  Have at it and let’s see the smoke from your pens!

31 responses to “National Limerick Day is May 12th

  1. A poetry challenge, you say? Don’t mind if I do… 🙂

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  2. I love to create limericks!

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  4. That web address didn’t work for me.

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  5. Oh joy! You’re speaking my language! 😀

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  6. They’re tricky limericks…. Last time I tried to write one it crashed my computer! Might just overheat it or perhaps my brain again…

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  7. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    What have they done to dear old May?
    They’ve made the twelfth a Limerick day!
    So think ye fast
    Don’t be the last
    It’s time to have YOUR say

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  8. Shouldn’t limericks be firmly tongue in cheek?
    Hence this one:
    “There once was an ape on the web
    whose purpose was to write and get read
    tried stories and novels
    and limerick poems
    hasn’t produced something readable yet.”

    In fact, limericks started out rather naughty, didn’t they? I mean, not for kiddos-naughty … No worries, won’t write an example of that. What about one about our little avian friends?

    My uncle who worked at the Ritz
    loved to care for some young misfits
    He loved himself a bird
    and the songs that he heard
    when he put that worm in to the tits.

    Of course, that is all about ornithology!

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  9. Just resent email for interview and tried video chat on FB… Yikes. Can we still do it today?

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  10. Have an amazing week, Annette! 🙂

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    Put it on your calendars May 12th is National Limerick Day
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