This week's topic: Anything you want.
Call it lazy, call it giving you the creative freedom to write whatever you want to write about, but this week's prompt has no set topic. Though I would highly recommend writing a limerick for this week's prompt (see below), you're free to submit any piece of poetry you want to in this thread.
This week's optional requirement: Write a limerick.
The limerick is probably one of the best known forms of poetry. With their often comical and/or bawdy contents and simple rhyming and metric schemes, they're often easy to read, and easy to remember, and even most elementary school students can recite a couple of them (albeit often not within earshot of any attentive parents). However, despite the relative ubiquity of limericks, the rules for writing them are often quite loose. In terms of a short summary, I personally quite like the following limerick, written by an unknown author:
The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
So the limerick is both a humorous verse, in a tightly packed space, that often has a bit of a bawdy undertone. In terms of a bit more detailed explanation, the limerick often exists of five lines, containing a aabba rhyming scheme (as in, lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme, as do lines 3 and 4). Lines 1,2, and 5 are thereby longer (contain more syllables) than lines 3 and 4. The first two and the last lines don't have to be of the same length, but they are usually around 8-10 syllables long, while the third and fourth ones are usually around 5-6 syllables long.
In terms of metre, most limericks have some form of metric scheme (the above example makes plenty use of anapests), but these usually differ from poem to poem. Most limericks make use of some combination of iambs (da-DUM) and anapests (da-da-DUM), but this is not a hard rule, and I think most people just go with what sounds right to them, or what sounds like other limericks they've heard.
However, the most important part of any limerick is that it at least makes some attempt to be funny. As I personally like somewhat satirical/sarcastic/cynical poetry, my attempt at limericks for this exercise is:
I once wrote a tale nice and gory
With choices of greatness and glory
Despite the young traffic
It was quite pornographic
And I dubbed it a Warrior Cats Story.
I know, it's not a great example... Anyhow, that's all for this week. The only thing you have to remember for this exercise is:
Limerick: Five-line poem with an aabba rhyming scheme, with the third and fourth lines shorter than the other ones, and with often humorous/bawdy intent.
Have fun writing!
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Here's the point list from last week. I really enjoyed last week's entries, though I haven't had time to deliver proper feedback. Just to be clear, I've given everyone who participated in last week's thread one point, and awarded an extra point for poems who incorporated some example of either an anapest or a dactyl. However, I know I'm prone to making errors, so please tell me if I missed something.
As always, giving feedback is encouraged, but please do so in a reply to the main post, unless an entry is edit-locked, so people can still change them if they want to. Everyone's also free to join these threads.
There once was a bozo who was mean.
He liked to make the little kids scream.
One day he got fired,
And he suffered an ire
So strong that he tripped and broke his spleen.
Tony, he was the town drunk
His dreams were completely sunk
He climbed into bed
Pronounced himself dead
And never again left his bunk
Aww, no one so far has done a risque limerick? Darn. I was looking forward to seeing what bizarre stuff people can come up with.
"I'll impress my girl," boasts a tiny bloke,
"the next time I give her a poke."
So he uses some tape
to enhance his shape,
but then the soaked tape falls off mid-stroke.
Huh. I decided to come up with another one because that limerick doesn't sound very good. I'll just say:
I don't know how to describe the dicks
when I am writing the limericks.
At this I know I suck,
but I don't give a fuck,
'cause it's better than watching chick flicks.
A fisherman gazed in glee
At the golden fish that came from the sea.
"I can grant any wish"
"If you don't turn me into a dish."
That night, the fisherman had fish with green peas.
There once was a salty drunk poet
Who fancied himself quite heroic
He cringed at this thread,
Rubbed his aching head,
"There's too many syllables and you know it!"
A boy strode up the kitchen stairs
Who was certain that, with his wily airs,
He'd go and steal
A rack of veal.
He was shot right then and there.
Also, can I be tagged in for the next one?
Not actually entering this contest, just posting this for the lulz.
There once was a faggot named Steve
Who could suck dick like you wouldn’t believe
The glory holes were a celebration
Of his oral fixation
With every deposit he would receive
*hands End a lulz*
There once was a boy with no legs,
Who spent his time drinking from kegs,
Drank beers of all sizes
And thought boobs were prizes
Until one stuffed him with a peg!
I hope this one gets in on time... for what purpose, I have no idea! :/
An astronaut on the surface of Mars
was thinking of counting the stars
when all of a sudden,
he heard his call button
and claimed to be the last of the Czars.
A while ago my girlfriend said to me "Hey, you write stuff, how come you've never written me a story or a poem or anything?"
So I went away and came back with what I told her was a deep and meaningful poem right from the heart, that really summed up exactly how I felt about her. For some reason she wasn't too happy with it though.
There once was a girl called Katie,
And she is my best matey,
I love her to bits
She's got gorgeous tits
And ten out of ten's what I rate ye.
What a faggot.