E W Shaffer

Poetry & Prose

The limerick is, and was originally, an indecent verse-form;...the clean limerick has never been of the slightest real interest to anyone, since the end of its brief fad in the 1860s.
— G. Legman, The Limerick, Vol. 1, 1974
Copyright © Mike Shaffer, 2009


The Luncheon

The luncheon started at noon
At the restaurant by the lagoon.
With their service so bad
I belatedly had
My dessert by the light of the moon.

Contrary Mary

Mary's gardener Harry
Was just as contrary as Mary.
He dug up her bells
And her blue cockle shells
And planted a tree. It was cherry.




Roger Redhead

Roger's hair used to be red.
He had it all over his head.
Then became broken hearted
When it all departed
And said "I would rather be dead."

Muffet Buffet

For a party, Little Miss Muffet
Bought a turkey intending to stuff it.
Then inquired of the spider,
(The party beside her)
Who do we invite to our buffet?

LIMERICKS—A common form of five-lined verse in which lines 1, 2 and 5 have 7 to 10 syllables and end in words that rhyme and lines 3 and 4 have 5 to 7 syllables and their own different ending words that rhyme. Often silly or vapid, usually humorous, at times off-color or crude. Popular from 16th century into today.