Another fun holiday takes place today: Limerick Day. It’s celebrated every May 12, to commemorate the father of Limerick rhymes, Edward Lear (1812-1888). Although today’s limericks tend to be a big raunchy, Lear’s were more mild-mannered (at least those that got published).
I’m not a limerick writer; I leave that to my husband who can do splendid ones off the top of his head. But I do have some researching talent and I was inspired by this goofy picture, so I found one to share with you today.
As a beauty, I’m not a star,
There are many more handsome by far;
But my face, I don’t mind it,
For I am behind it,
It’s the people in front get the jar.
Simple, cute, and it tells a story. This is from the book A Thousand and One Limericks edited by Rosemary Gray and Marcus Clapham. 2004.
See if you can write yourself a limerick today. If you do, feel free to post it in the comments. We’d all enjoy reading your ditty.
Thanks for joining me here today.