“Grandma, do you know what limericks are? I wrote one today. Do you want to hear it?” my 11-year-old grandson Toby asked after telling me about a guest poet’s visit to his fifth grade classroom. Of course, I wanted to hear it. Toby recited:
In the Sounds of the Night
In the sounds of the night
with the stars shining bright
a man waits under the moon
he’s looking for the gwish
a mythical fish
which is said to live in the lagoon.
He hears a small splash
and then a large crash
and he is sucked into a typhoon.
If you remember the definition of a limerick as a humorous, frequently bawdy, verse of three long and two short lines rhyming aabba, you might have responded as I did:
“That’s fun, Toby. Does your poem have a few more lines than a regular limerick?”
“It does. It’s a limerick and a half.”
“Did the poet like your new form?”
“Do you think you could write another one in that form?”
Toby was quiet for only a short while before he told me he had another one in mind.”Let’s see. Oh, yeah, it goes like this:
Limericks and a Half
When Mr. Murray came to teach,
glasses askew and pink as a peach,
he helped us create good poetry.
He told us write
as much as we might
and to share it with freedom and glee.
Coming home after school,
with my new writing tool,
limerick and a halfs were invented by me!”
I was more than wowed!
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