Because of its humor, a limerick often is passed over as a simple poem. Frankly, some of the best images can be caught in this little five-line critter. Webb School created a fabulous page on the limerick and how it's constructed.
Here are a few limericks. Which one do you think I wrote?
A jolly young fellow from Yuma
Told an elephant joke to a puma;
Now his skeleton lies
Beneath hot western skies -
The puma had no sense of huma.
There once was a wise cat named Mao
Who said to herself, "Anyhow,
I will not make a sound
That is not as profound
As Lao-Tse's poetical Tao."
A decrepit old gas man named Peter,
While hunting around for the meter,
Touched a leak with his light.
He arose out of sight,
And, as anyone can see by reading this, he also destroyed the meter.
So, do you want to try your hand at it?