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Valentine limericks are economical, last-minute gifts!

Updated on September 8, 2014

You've waited until the last minute . . .

You're stuck. The gift you ordered your sweetheart is backordered and you want something to present to him or her on Valentine's Day. Or perhaps you haven't been dating for long, and you didn't buy anything. But now you've suddenly found out that your new sweetheart has gotten you a gift! Oops!A perfect last-minute, inexpensive gift is to present him or her with a poem you have written yourself! I find that limericks work well in this type of situation. The rhythm and rhyming of a limerick makes it sound lighthearted, or even humorous, possibly. And what could be more personal than a poem that you have written for someone personally? You can do this! It's free (except for the cost of pen and paper), it's personal and special, it's cool and quirky, and it's got your personality written all over it.(For Image Credit, please scroll down the page to find this image repeated.)

What is a Limerick?

Consult these sources to get a technical definition, history, and examples.

Basic Limerick Pointers

For a proper definition, I encourage you to check the links above under "What is a Limerick?". The Wikipedia page has some marvelous examples. Be sure to write your own poem, though . . . presenting someone else's work as your own is neither honest nor romantic. In the meantime, you don't have to be intimidated by rules when writing something special for your sweetheart. Here is my simplified breakdown on loosely adhering to the limerick rules.

1. A limerick is a five line poem whose rhyme scheme is arranged like so: A, A, B, B, A.In other words, lines 1, 2, and 5 will rhyme with each other. Lines 3 and 4 will rhyme with each other using different sounds from those of lines 1, 2, and 5. In its most original form, poets would frequently allow the last word in the first line to be the same as the last word in the fifth line. But in more modern and common form, the last word of each line tends to be different.

2. The next requirement is that you have the proper rhythm. We stress certain syllables and not others when pronouncing words. When you read the poem aloud using the typical pronunciations of the words, the beat of the lines should loosely resemble this:short short long, short short long, short short long,short short long, short short long, short short long,short short long, short short long,short short long, short short long,short short long, short short long, short short long.But again, don't feel locked in to this! There are exceptions in nearly every poem! Besides, this is YOURS and you can make it what YOU want it to be! It's called "poetic license!"

3. Limericks are almost always humorous. The rhythm almost mandates whimsy. Lots of times, they are humorously obscene, but don't have to be. Think silly, goofy, funny.

4. Loosen up, have fun, and go for it.

Have you?

Have you ever tried to write your own limerick?

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For your reading pleasure...

I wrote these very quickly. If I can do it, you can, too.

Limerick #1 by Perrin Conrad

There once was a lady named Joy,

She fell in love with a man called Roy.

They got married and then,after months nine or ten,

They did have a big plump baby boy.

Okay, see how easy it is? I bent the rules a bit...particularly in the rhythm of the second line. I just came up with that in less than sixty seconds. I wrote one for my husband the other night, just on a whim, and it took me about the same amount of time.Here's another:

Limerick #2 by Perrin Conrad

A bug crawled upon a pink flower,

when along came a nasty rain shower.

He fell on his head,and now the bug's dead.

If only he'd stayed off that flower!

I bent the rules in every line here. It's barely even a limerick, except for the rhyme scheme. I am clearly NOT a poet! So, my point in sharing these hastily-crafted little poems that I pulled from my brain in fewer than 60 seconds is that anyone can do this!!! And almost anyone can do a better job than I have done here. And guess what? If you craft it, your sweetheart will love it, even if your anapestic tetrameter is off. Even if he or she is an English teacher, I bet they will STILL love it, because you wrote them a poem. What could be more thoughtful than your thoughts put into poetry?

Rhyme Suggestions

I'm going to help you get started. Here are some groupings of words that rhyme that would fit well into a Valentine poem.

1. Blue, you, two, too, true, grew.For a humorous twist, try adding stew, moo, boo!

For the golfer:

2. Me, see, plea, tea, agree.Humorous twist suggestions: tee (like a golf tee), tree.

For the equestrian or farmer:

3. Stay, play, day, may, grey.Humorous twist suggestions: bray, neigh, hay.

For the sports fanatic:

4. Adore, tore, bore, lore, ignore.Humorous twist suggestions: Score, floor.Add your own in the comments section!!

How about it? Have I inspired you?

Will you be writing your sweetheart a poem?

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I'm no poet, but I am a writer!

I have written two books, and here is one of them. If you like short stories, please try this collection of mine! Some are darkly humorous, and some are heartfelt and deal with some local social issues where I live. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

Share any limericks you have written, or just let me know you were here!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I was here. Hope you don't think too badly of me for that lousy limerick I just wrote on the spur of the moment. :-)TonyB