April 6 – Day Six: SUNDAY SILLY (part i) [Nonsense poems - The Limerick]

I’ve decided that each Sunday I’m going to have a bit of fun (hence Sunday Sillies).

As a child I loved reading Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll (obviously), Ogden Nash’s children’s poems & nonsense poems general. My childhood copy of “A Choice of Comic & Curious Verse” edited by J.M. Cohen … literally fell apart, & I was thrilled some years ago to find a replacement copy with the same cover in a second hand book shop.  I missed out on Edward Gorey – if not nonsense, then at least surreal next door neighbours – but discovered (& now adore) him as an adult.

Additionally, my grandfather (who was a much loved Primary School Headmaster) used to recite famous nonsense poems to my sister & I: like Christopher Isherwood “The common cormorant or shag/Lays his eggs inside a paper bag” … & “One fine day in the middle of the night/Two dead men got up to fight” (which so impressed me I had to learn it — or a version of it, I’ve since discovered mine differs from the possible original, but meh) … & “I eat my peas with honey;/I’ve done it all my life./It makes the peas taste funny,/But it keeps them on the knife” by that author of very many fine nonsense poems, Anonymous.  Interestingly, Grandad can still recite many of these poems word-perfectly even though he’s in his 90’s & alzheimers is starting to take its toll on other areas of his memory.

The reason I’ve chosen this topic for my First Sunday Silly is part of me is interested in trying to write modern day nonsense poems for children.  Not sure if I can, not sure if there’s a demand for them, but there is my nostalgia.  I’ve been re-reading Lear’s first collection Book of Nonsense.

Now given nonsense poems appear very simple & artless, it’s clear they must take many hours of editing & tweaking (something which I gotta say, appeals to me greatly).  Given also, that I wouldn’t have many hours to tweak & edit today, I went a simpler route, preferring to craft many off the cuff ones, rather than one perfect one.  I had a blast, writing em at the computer, in the shower, on the ipad, driving, in a friend’s kitchen.

As you discovered in Day 2’s poem, The_Hunter’s Hearts, I play an online game involving good food loving, pipeweed smoking, little people who live in New Zealand … with a wonderful group of people (some of whom possibly know me better than some of my RL friends – despite us never having met!).  We have character names, & online personalities which may be very different to our real ones (though I suspect most of us are surprisingly honest online – & play the game, just as we live our lives).

Often the first thing you ask is “where you from”, “what do you do?” (as in life).  Hence I am known as Blad the Poet. Blad the Sexy, Blad the Witty, but most commonly as Blad the FatLazyArseBastardWhoWon’tFarm, but I digress.  So all I know about some people is where they’re from & one or two quirks.  Others I know in much more detail & depth.  All of which leads to limericks.

The Pedia of Wik describes them thus: “short, humorous, often ribald or nonsense poem … with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. Gershon Legman (editor of a comprehensive Limerick anthology) held that the true limerick is always obscene; from a folkloric point of view, the form is essentially transgressive; violation of taboo is part of its function.”

So!  My MMORPG colleagues from round the world are henceforth conscripted to be today’s subjects.  Wherever possible, I use their actual home town, (sometimes their character name stands in for a place) & as many tidbits of information about them as I can squeeze into five lines. Some are borderline obscene, some are in the next state obscene, & hopefully there’s not too many which are clean, hence boring.  However, some are blatant lies –  no offence is intended to my lovely digital friends.  {I’m particularly concerned by offending my Turkish friend, who’s nose is unquestionably cute in RL, but somewhat larger in my limerickising of her.  I’m also worried about my Malaysian friend because she’s got no sense of humour (She does) [Not really, I'm just saying that to keep her happy.] No really, she does… – bwahahahaha. }

Unlike Lear, who usually has a variant of the first line ending as his last line, I’ve opted for some extra space to make a third rhyme.

Lurky Merc Limericks

There was a young woman from Charlotte
Who thought herself quite a pretty starlet
But if the truth be told
She was actually quite old
Whose favourite colour was certainly scarlet

There was a young lady from Lindsay
Whose prom dress was really quite flimsy
When off it flew
She cried what can you do
& pranced round in her birthday whimsy

There was a young boy from Hunter
Whose manner couldn’t be any blunter
Some railed he’s rude
Others called him crude
But I find him a funny wee grunter                                           (*this wasn’t the rhyme I wanted to use)

There was an old man from Vanly
Who was as old as a man can be
He claimed forty-four
But was really much more
Looking closer to one hundred an’ three

There was a man who lived in Paris
Pronounced how the French do, oui
To give himself cheer
He drank lots of beer
So he constantly wanted to wee

There was a young lawyer from Kuala Lumpur
Whose sense of humour was sadly quite poor
Despite lots of jokes
No laughter she broke
For her no ROFL-ROFLing on the floor

There was a young girl from Istanbul
To whom nature was really quite cruel
Pretty as a rose
But an oversized nose
& a propensity to continually drool

There was a lonely man from near Perth
One of best practitioners on earth
All day he would spank
The rest he would wank
Pleasuring himself for all he was worth

There was a young couple from Kay
On the phone they always did play
They once went away
For a tropic holiday
& sadly all day had nothing to say

There was a wild man from Moscow
Who out on the oil rigs would go
4 weeks & no game
Would drive us insane
How he does it none of us know

There was a pushy man from Argie
A Canadian particularly bargie
You’d think him polite
But that wouldn’t be right
Like a rhino he always would chargie

There was a crazy young man from New York
My god the gibberish he’d talk
As mad as can Bee
His mind set free
Take a gawk at my porkcork brought by the stork

The was a hungry man from Louisiana
Who had absolutely no manners
All the candy he’d nick
So you’d have to be quick
Before he seized all the manna

There was a young man from Penistone
Whose, um, ah stuff it I’m going home
Why do you ask
Don’t take me to task
There ain’t nothing funny about Penistone

There was a young man from Sake
Who drank every day till he ached
From passing the beer
He drank every year
He wore out his poor trouser snake

There was a young girl from Bander
To stoopid boys she would not pander
She’d cut off their balls
Then make them crawls
Making flocks of geese from ganders

There was a young man from Blad
All the ladies thought he was rad
Unbearably cute
& sexy to boot
(& if you believe that clearly you’re mad)

 

COMIC VERSE

 

Image: moi

IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE LINES 3&4 INDENT, PLEASE ADVISE.  I TRIED &nbsp; & <pre> & GOT LOST TRYING TO EDIT css. Clearly I’m not html writer! But I’ve spent 3 hours on it now, & am tired.

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