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Limerick Challenge – Power

Having read some lovely poetic Limericks by my bloggy friend Maria over at Doodles and Scribbles I thought I’d have a go at a Limerick challenge from Mind and Life Matters. The main rule is that for this week the Limerick has to include the word “Power”, or a synonym thereof.

It’s actually a Limerick Poetry challenge, but since I can’t write poetry I’ve gone for a traditional Limerick, i.e. I’ve strung together a bunch of words which rhyme in the correct places and scan properly, and involve no deep thought :-).Β There’s a link-up for this challenge, so click on the blue froggy for more!

There was an ex-hippy called Flower
Who decided to take a hot shower
But soon she fled screaming
The water was freezing
Laughed husband, β€œI turned off the power!”

Then when I got home the phrase “ivory tower” popped into my mind which sounded too good not to use (as it rhymes with “power”) so I did another one.

There once was a man name of Gower
Who had all the wealth and the power
But while chasing a buck
All his plans came unstuck
And he fell from his ivory tower.

There you go. My first try and I’ve probably already broken the rules by posting two.


  1. March 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Well, for a non-poet, these are very well done! I’m glad you’re joining the challenge. We have a lot off fun with it!


    • March 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks! I can do silly Limericks but not “serious” deep poetry. Like I can write dialogue and humour but not deep descriptive prose πŸ™‚
      The challenge does look like fun!

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  2. March 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Not bad for a first go. You show promise, Grasshopper!


    • March 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks! I was going to say I’ve been practising my “wax on, wax off” but that’s the wrong film/programme. In the same vein, though πŸ™‚

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  3. March 16, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Anything that doesn’t require deep thought sounds like a good idea.


    • March 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

      I’m right there with you on that one.


  4. Lata Sunil
    March 16, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I am not a poet either. But loved your poems.. especially the first one.


    • March 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked them!

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      • Lata Sunil
        March 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

        Aww.. I am missing the weekly story telling sessions. Should join back again.


  5. March 16, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Oh, wow. You just gave limerick justice, Ali. The traditional limerick were used or written for one sole purpose: humor. HAHA. And who says you can’t write a poem, these two were clever! We’ll be looking forward to more of you limericks then? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    • March 16, 2016 at 8:08 am

      I may well participate again next week! Limericks are fun πŸ™‚


  6. gentlestitches
    March 16, 2016 at 7:31 am

    HaHa! Limericks are FUN! πŸ˜€


  7. March 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

    MOL..Both limericks are very… powerful πŸ˜€ Double Pawkiss for a Powerful Day πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀


  8. March 16, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I really liked these poems.
    I haven’t got a clue what limericks are so thanks for the introduction.


    • March 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I’m glad you liked them!
      Limericks are 5 lines where lines 1, 2 and 5 usually rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 also rhyme. Lines 1, 2 and 5 usually contain more syllables than lines 3 and 4. That’s the way I think of them anyway πŸ™‚

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  9. March 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    These are really good and chuckle-inducing, Ali. I like them both; power is a great word to rhyme off of, too. Until reading my friend Sarah Potter’s new(ish) novel Desiccation, I had no idea that ‘hippies’ were as big of a phenomenon in the ’60s in the UK as I perceived them to be in the ’60s in the U.S. (neither of which I was present for, not being alive yet at that point). So, your first limerick probably slightly edges the second for my favorite. How about some more, what with St. Patrick’s Day coming up and everything? πŸ™‚


    • March 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Yes, as soon as I saw the word “power” millions of rhymes popped into my head. Then it’s just a case of fitting them into lines, which took maybe two minutes per Limerick.
      We had hippies! Maybe not as many as in the US, though. I was only alive for a few months of the 60s so I don’t remember them either.
      Hmm, what rhymes with “St. Paddy”… πŸ™‚


      • March 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm

        Physicist turned computer scientist turned sugar daddy? πŸ™‚ too long a rhyme, alas.


  10. Merbear74
    March 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Poetry suits you! πŸ™‚


    • March 16, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Well, Limericks suit me… πŸ™‚


  11. March 16, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Hahahaha! I love them, Ali! You are good at Limericks!


  12. March 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Limericks are supposed to be fun… success!


  13. March 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Nice! That made me smile πŸ˜€


  14. March 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Are you sure you are not a poet? These are so very well done! I love ’em both! Thank you so much for participating.


  15. March 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Very fun, sorry I’m just getting around to reading. I’ll do better next week!


  1. March 18, 2016 at 5:57 pm

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