Limericks Limerick A limerick is cleverly versed – The second line rhymes with the first; The third one is short, The fourth’s the same sort, And the last line is often the worst. Maybe you know this really old limerick? Hickery, Dickery Dock A mouse ran up the clock The clock struck one The mouse fell down Hickery, Dickery Dock. Limericks are often funny: The school trip was a special occasion But we never reached our destination Instead of the Zoo I was locked in the loo On an M62 Service Station Quite often they mention places: A bald headed man from Dundee Lost his wig, in a wind, in a tree; When he looked up and spied it, A hen was inside it, And it laid him an egg for his tea. And they often start “There was”: There was a small dog from Dubai Who wanted to know how to fly, He ran round his yard, And barked very hard, And floated right up to the sky. They’re quite easy to remember (this is from a girl’s magazine freebie in the 1980s): My darling Ducky Wucky Behind your ears is mucky. But never mind For love is blind, My darling Ducky Wucky. And they often don’t make sense! Rules for a Limerick: 5 lines long. Lines 1, 2 & 5 have 7-10 syllables and rhyme with each other. Lines 3 & 4 have 5-7 syllables and rhyme with each other.