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Initial post: May 23, 2012 9:12:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012 3:11:16 AM PDT
For whatever reason, last night at work, my attention wandered to that most flexible and least- reputable of verse forms, the limerick. We have a thread here somewhere on Harry Potter haiku, and now here's another poetic form. Feel free to compose, or to run screaming in terror, the choice is yours. I'll start off with the kind of result one gets around 4 a.m. after ten hours at work:

A lightning scar gracing one's forehead
Is better than being left *for* dead.
Witness Voldy, poor soul,
Who, no longer whole,
Had to roam about dis- em- bod- *iee*- ed.

Note the lame footwork. Tell me what you think. Personally, I think night shift doesn't do me or my creativity a lot of good.

Edit 6/1:

Hermione, looking for Trevor,
Had no idea that she'd ever
Be turned into rock
Or turn back the clock,
Though everyone knew she was clever.

There was a young wizard named Harry
Who found himself quite legendary.
He rode off to school
Where he broke lots of rules
but Dumbledore still let him tarry.

It's a good thing that these aren't supposed to be good.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 12:25:21 PM PDT
1593 says:
I think they are funny!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 9:30:46 PM PDT
G'wan, try one! Go ahead!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:02:18 PM PDT
They're very good actually.

Let's see . . . hmmm . . .

There was a young wizard named Ron
Who struggled from sunset till dawn.
In magic he failed,
But in Quidditch he sailed,
And he no longer felt put upon.

(Now you know why I don't do limericks.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:58:00 PM PDT
Um, no, I don't know... for such an apparently strict form, so much mangling seems to be permissible, even expected, and yours works better than mine! My first one, anyway.
H'm.

I have half a one bouncing around in my head that won't give me a good final rhyme. Aaarrrggghh.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 5:24:47 AM PDT
Now Rupert and Emma and Dan
Were children when HP began,
And before our own eyes
They grew up, smart and wise,
And garnered us each as a fan.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 4:32:26 PM PDT
I like! Keep going, you're on a roll!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 7:21:14 PM PDT
Supposedly Maggie once said,
To Ian (Gandalf), "When we're dead
No one will recall
We did Shakespeare and all,
Just a witch and a wizard instead."

There's truth, too, in what she declared,
For both of them quite well have fared,
And though magic they did,
Their faces aren't hid,
"Cause for Minerva and Gandalf we cared.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 8:32:19 PM PDT
Amen to that!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 11:13:09 AM PDT
(all thumbs up)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 1:26:55 PM PST
Daniel's played several orphans before,
Set in London or out on the shore;
Now he's met the black lady
and all things went shady,
So what other roles are in store?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 11:35:42 AM PST
Cross- post! :-)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 12:31:10 PM PST
Moon Shadow wrote kind of a sequel,
and I swear it was nearly the equal.
It filled in so much
about fun'rals and such,
Making me wish that she'd write a prequel.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 7:28:21 PM PST
Wish I had time... it's turning out to be the sort of thing that might be the equivalent of OotP! And I haven't had time lately for that sort of fun.

William and Charlie and Percy
and then Fred and George (oh mercy!)
Molly wanted a daughter
But before she got her
Ron had to come along firs'ly.

Oh so bad, but that's what limericks are for.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:04:04 AM PST
Hey, I thought it was a pretty good rhyme. Getting three words that rhyme and yet make any sense in a limerick is really hard - not that limericks have to make sense anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:58:33 PM PST
Thanks! That's the one I hadn't been able to finish for so long.

Odd thing about light verse of any form-- it does need to make sense (unless you're Lewis Carroll), and rhyme and meter have to be as perfect as possible. It's the serious and respectable stuff that can be, well, a bit abstract and obscure....

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 5:32:39 AM PST
Obscure? as in images that are intended to be deep and profound but which come across as pretentious? Yeah, I've heard readings of that stuff. It is not illuminating at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 12:25:26 PM PST
Yes, that sort of obscure.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 1:03:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 1:03:50 PM PST
He thought he would write something wise,
Speaking of "pools in her eyes,"
But when he got through,
As most good poets do,
He said, "That the stuff I despise."

So he tried yet again for profundity,
An exercise that led to confundity.
"Perhaps it is best
If I just pass the test
By creating a terrible pun-dity."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 8:16:01 AM PST
I will be adding "pun-dity" to my dictionary.

I tried to work out another limerick or two last night, but work was too frantic and exhausting. Maybe tonight....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:07:38 PM PST
Thare aren't many words to rhyme with confundity and profundity. Come to think of it, there still aren't.
On to another forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2013 12:52:21 PM PST
Dame Maggie can easily hail a cabbie,
For none of her roles have been shabby.
Despite her successes
Brit TV just blesses
Dame Maggie with the great Downton Abby.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2013 4:49:09 AM PST
Of which I haven't seen enough, I think....

By the way, "rotundity." As in, I need to lose some!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 4:58:53 AM PST
New limerick about "The Casual Vacancy"

I finally finished the book,
No matter how long that it took,
All the people were crass,
And I sighed, "Oh, alas,
Why must everyone be such a kook?"

The last hundred pages or so,
Began to take on quite a glow,
But so many poor souls
Are just humanoid ghouls,
And that makes me feel rather low.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 9:48:34 AM PST
For some reason I was trying once again to think of limericks last night at work. I probably caught Alan's brainwaves as he worked on these.

I had no success, though. Unlike Alan.
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