Introducing a New Poetic Form, Limeriku

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I would like to introduce to the world a new poetic form of my own invention, namely, the “limeriku”.

The limeriku is simply the outer parts of a limerick, wrapped around a basic 5-7-5 form haiku.

From its limerick parent the limeriku inherits the ability to impart subtle humor, as in this example:

There once was a girl from Nantucket
Who foolishly sat in a bucket.
Her bottom was large;
An adherence was acheived
To the bucket’s edge.
Now being stuck, she said, “Oh darn!”

Likewise, from the haiku the limeriku inherits the ability to express difficult thoughts and partially grasped, receding conclusions, as in this example:

The teacher says I must compose
A big heap of serious prose.
But late night TV,
A bottle of beer or two,
Softly beckon now.
Teacher can stick prose up his nose!

I am truly excited about this new form of communication, which is half art, half science, and half magic. (See – it’s possibilities are so huge it can’t even contain itself!)

But I believe that the best use of the limeriku will be to rewrite some of those old forgotten tracts and documents that no one bothers with anymore, bringing them more up to date with a contemporary feel and idiom. You know, things such as the “Pledge of Allegiance” or the “Bill of Rights”.

Update: Oh fudge! It appears I have been beaten to the punch, and others have already begun to experiment with this fascinating form of poetry. (For example, here.) Let’s just say that I brought the Limeriku to fruition!