31 May Limericks about Pigs
Do you remember studying limericks in Junior High School? Every week at my school, the entire class had to memorize about five different limericks to recite in front of the room. More like tongue twisters than poems, many of those crazy little rhymes are still stuck in my head more than twenty-five years later.
Many of the limericks learned in class were filled with humor and almost always about animals. For those of you who do not remember studying these, a limerick is often comical and nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd.
Limericks are structured in five line anapestic meter, offering a strict rhyme scheme referred to as AABBA. The first two lines always rhyme with the last line while the third and fourth line rhyme. Also, the third and fourth lines are usually shorter than the rest.
Here are some cute limericks for your enjoyment featuring a funny animal indeed, the pig. Say them aloud for an extra dose of fun …or to make others think you have finally flipped your lid.
There was a young pig whose delight
Was to follow the moths in their flight.
He entrapped them in nets,
Then admired his pets
As they danced on the ceiling at night.
There once was a piglet named Bob
Who spent all of his days on a log.
He sat there all day
While his friends went to play
‘Til one day he was lost in the fog.
-by Allison Tremblay
There was a young pig who, in bed,
Nightly slumbered with eggs on his head.
When the sun at its rise
Made him open his eyes
He enjoyed them for breakfast in bed.
There was a young pig from Racine
Whose botanical interests were keen.
He planted a sock
In a bright window box,
Where it blossomed and sprouted a bean.
There was a poor pig on the street,
In the dustbin found tidbits to eat,
Though his hot garbage stew,
Smelled exactly like glue,
He declared that its taste was a treat.
There was a sad pig with a tail
Not curly, but straight as a nail.
So he ate simply oodles
Of pretzels and noodles,
Which put a fine twist to his tail.
-by Arnold Lobel
Hopefully, you will find these as fun and entertaining as I have over the years.
What limericks do you recall from your school days?