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A Lot Like Limericks - for Men Unlucky in Love

Updated on February 11, 2013

After discovering the joy of haiku and dabbling in other types of poetry, I thought I would give Limerick Poetry a try. Before I started, I intended to do a little research into the history and rules. If I am going to attempt an art-form, I like to stay true to the traditional style for at least some of the time.

I did a quick skim of some literature resources. But before I could start serious study, a fellow hubber gave me the nudge I needed to just go for it and have some fun. And I did.

This is an assortment inspired by that interaction. Are they true Limericks? Maybe. Maybe not. All I know is they are fun. I will leave the study for another night.


A very wise writer once said
Good writing takes more than your head
Your hand must be slick
And terribly quick
To sow seeds not already said


Something tells me these men won't be seeing one of these cakes any time soon. Or will they?!
Something tells me these men won't be seeing one of these cakes any time soon. Or will they?! | Source
Wine her and dine her. Would they know how?
Wine her and dine her. Would they know how? | Source

Four For Men Unlucky in Love


Once a man very well-bred
Tried to woo a young lady to bed
"Lets go off to Tibet,
It's romantic, my pet!"
But he wound up in Bangkok instead!



The man tried with all of his might
To woo women all through the night
He thought ladies swooned
They thought him a loon
And held laughter with lips very tight



Good looks only get you so far
Perhaps the back seat of a car
To get farther than that,
your wallet must be fat
This girl will not lower the bar



For a joy ride he took the young lass
Far too soon he ran out of gas
To the station he walked
To her friends she did talk
Next invite for a trip she will pass


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done my friend!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great work,enjoyed.

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Ha! Good attempts...these are difficult. In the last example, i would have preferred

      "To the station she sent him to talk

      To her friends she surely did talk"

      To say

      To the station she sent him

      To her friends she did rent him

      etc.

      Here's one I have always loved:

      "While Titian was mixing rose madder

      His secretary shinned up a ladder

      Her position to Titian

      Suggested coition

      So he nipped up the ladder and hadher"

      I think you are on a good thing here, they are largely ignored by poets.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Bill - Thank you. These were just for fun. It has been too long since I published something and I was feeling like somethng new.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vellur - It is always great to see you stop by. Glad you liked this. :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Bob - THANK YOU! I am not terribly happy wit the last one myself. I generally do not (should not) publish what isn't my best, butI knew I was on to something and I was hoping someone would have a suggestion. You came through for me! Reading your suggestion, it sounds a lot like what I had started with. Silly me for doubting myself! Whe I get some time, I will make adjustments.

      Love your Limerick! I have a pocket-size book of dirty Limericks and it is hilarious! I really enjoy the obsurd now and again. It keeps life interesting.

      Thanks again.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Love -em Dana. Well written and compiled. I am glad this was born out of our Limerick battle!

      The girl with the skull tattoo

      Was researching a limerick or two

      She wasn't a total prude

      When the rhymes were rude

      But she did blush at a cock-a-too!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Docmo - Me too! You were a formidable oponent, a good sport, and a gentleman to boot!

      Glad you decided to share this one!

      One of these days I will find something that I can do better than you. Give me a decade or two! :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You knew these would draw me to you

      But truly what else can I do

      I'm here to commend

      Best wishes to send

      But if I offend then say shoo

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dana, I love to read limericks but struggle to write them so I say well done on having a go. These are a goods start so I look forward to more.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Mhatter99 - What a great comment!!! thank you! What fun this has turned out to be

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Julie - This was a lot easier than I thought. And loads of fun. They came our of a "limeric battle" I had on facebook with Docmo (his comment is the one that started it - fyi I have a skull tattoo)... I am definitely going to write some more.

      Thank for stopping by.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What great limericks, thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Jamie!

      Thanks for stopping by. It's always so nice knowing that my fun-driven forays into poetry are enjoyed by my fellow hubbers! :)

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Here we are Limericking away. "What fun!". is right.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Perspycacious - life is too short to miss the chance to have some pure simple fun. and if we can entertain others in the process it is double the fun!

      Happy to see you drop by to read my little blurb. I always enjoy your writing as well.

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      mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

      Haha this was so fun! Very enjoyable hub that felt like just enough touch of goofy and yet interesting to make me really enjoy it!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      mythicalstorm273 - thanks! I had fun with this. It was born out of a "Limerick battle" I had on facebook. These are slight variations of some of my responses. I am a total nerd! :)

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      There once was a poet named Dana

      Who wrote some limericks, I'll tell ya

      They were so very fun

      So I chose to write one

      And for this joy I sincerely thank ya

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      PDXKaraokeGuy - gotta love a good limerick! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You have become quite an awesome limerick queen! You rocked this hub Dana! Hilarious!!! :)

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      Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Dana, awesome funny truth telling. Cheers!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Very enjoyable to read and written with great wit!

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      D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

      Awesome, Funny, Useful, Interesting and Up!! oh, Sharing too....this was really a fun hub, and so interesting...I've tried Limericks before, and they came out so lame...lol maybe you've inspired me to try again, Dana. Great job, Thanks so much...hugs.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Linda - THANKS! What a great compliment! these suckers are tricky to write. I keep trying because I find then so darn funny and love to read them - it makes me determined to write them too!

      You rock my world with your great comments. :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      sen.sush23 & teaches12345 - THANK YOU!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      D.Juris Stetser - Goodness, thanks for all the votes! I am glad you had fun, that is my goal.

      I have to say, Limericks are one the thing I find the hard to write. I like to read them so much that I feel the need to be aboe to write them too! I am a loon like that..... Try again! Mhatter99 is the limerick king. He is my inspiration....

      Love ya!

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      pumfel 4 years ago

      Hi Dana,

      I found your link to this page on twitter. I'm a huge fan of limericks. Yours are quite clever. My tend to run on the raunchier side but in honor of Valentine's Day here's a clean (?) one about another man unlucky with women.

      The young man had long been quixotic,

      to the point of being neurotic.

      He would lavish with flowers,

      then ravish for hours,

      even if his date were robotic.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      pumfel - LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I have to keep the limericks clean on this site becsuse they look unfavorably on adult content.... This might be among the best Valentine Gifts ever! THANK YOU! :)

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