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Limerick Challenge – Antonyms

Here is my limerick for Mind And Life Matters’ limerick challenge. This week it’s all about antonyms, so at least one of our lines must contain antonyms. To read all the other entries, click on the blue froggy!

I don’t know my ups from my downs
Nor even my smiles from my frowns
But there’s one thing I know
(It’s a bit silly, though)
I’m horribly frightened of clowns.


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  1. July 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Oh I love this very much.


    • July 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      I’m glad 🙂 It popped into my head while I was making a round of tea for the other IT peeps.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. July 29, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Question… are you really afraid of clowns? Excellent limerick as always. 😀


    • July 29, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Not exactly afraid, but I do find them creepy. Glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

        That is exactly what I think too… I’ve never really understood the appeal of clowns…


  3. July 29, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I had a friend who was really terrified of clowns. Her father’s profession was an artist. He painted clown portraits. This is a true story.


    • July 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

      I think it’s because they have a fixed expression painted on.


  4. July 29, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I love this one!


  5. July 29, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Perfect rhythm, as always! (My head bobs up and down to the beat of your limericks. :-)) I wonder why the fear of clowns is so common.


    • July 29, 2016 at 7:28 am

      For me, I find the fixed facial expression a bit creepy. And clowns and fun fairs often pop up in horror stories…
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        Anyone who’s had too many facial botox injections would also have fixed facial expressions. 😉 Yes, clowns seem to pop up in a lot of horror stories, but mostly in Western cultures. Maybe the fear of clowns is primarily a Western phenomenon?


        • July 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

          That sounds like an interesting research study for some enterprising anthropologist 🙂 I assume they have clown equivalents in other cultures. Maybe they’re not as creepy-looking.

          Liked by 1 person

  6. Merbear74
    July 29, 2016 at 2:32 am

    I’m not fond of clowns myself, but my daughter is terrified of them! Nice one!


  7. July 29, 2016 at 5:19 am

    I’ve always kind of liked clowns, but they can be rather bizarre I guess. My daughter went to school with a boy who went to clown school. It’s an art form in reality. You have to have the talent for it. Good limerick, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • July 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

      I’ve heard of clown school. I find them quite creepy!
      I’m glad you liked my limerick!


  8. July 29, 2016 at 5:47 am

    But did you know that clowns are also afraid of regular people?


  9. July 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Cute! I love it!


  10. gentlestitches
    July 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Clowns used to be a symbol of fun, now they are a symbol of??? Bwa ha ha! 😀


  11. July 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Great limerick. It flows very nicely and the last line finishes it off so well. It’s funny how many people really don’t like (or are scared of) clowns. I’ve hated them since I was a child. They’re just so creepy – the evil that lurks behind the mask, kind of thing. 🙂


    • July 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      There are some strange phobias out there, but clowns is perfectly understandable 🙂


  12. July 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

    This is one of the best Limericks I have ever read on WordPress. Absolutely brilliant!


  13. July 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Purrfect limerick, Draliman. Paws Up! Pawkisses 🙂 ❤


  14. August 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Nope…that’s not silly at all….I am terrified of clowns!! Love the limerick, though! 🙂


  15. August 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

    A fun limerick, Ali. Clowns are horribly creepy things. 🙂


  16. August 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Good one.
    And that clown phobia seems to have some sort of global presence. Stephen King and Mcdonalds are prime suspects.


    • August 4, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Who can look at Ronald McDonald without suppressing a shudder? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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