Limericks of Our Lives

Updated on October 14, 2019
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Stive wrote his first limerick on Facebook. He re-penned an old joke. It was well received so he fervently jotted down a few more.

In the Beginning...

I penned my first limerick on Facebook as a way to make a repeating scientist joke more interesting. It was well received and so I decided to try my hand at a few others which I have included in this article. I intend to pen some others in the near future and who knows? Perhaps I can follow in the footsteps of the great man Edward Lear. Or perhaps not.

Mad Scientist, Dead Scientist

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Scientist Limerick

A chemist that you knew,

Drank H2O with you,

But when his friend died,

We laughed and then cried,

He'd asked for H2O too.

(A small explanation is in the 'And Finally' paragraph).

Same Scientist, Different Verses



It was easy to play with the words, either from memory or from researching rhyming words for the limerick.

A chemist dressed in blue,

Drank H20, it's true,

But he felt really sad,

Because his friend had,

Requested H20 too.

or, to put it into a third different version with a similar meaning but different slant...

A chemist said adieu,

To his friend who dressed in blue,

When he realized he'd died,

He cried and he cried,

For his friend who'd said "H20 too".

(A small explanation is in the 'And Finally' paragraph).

Back to Basics

Whilst pondering a topic for a new limerick I thought about the limerick itself...

A limerick is slick,

It's said and done real quick,

Five lines, a few rhymes,

It dances and chimes,

Round my mind, when something goes click

Technology, technology, there's nothing like an 'ology

Modern technology, or tech as the hip folk call it, begs for rhyming descriptions...

When we discuss technology,

And the speed of its chronology,

We know without doubt,

That the smart kids stand out,

The reason, perhaps, is phrenology

It I Only Had the Time....

I have the time to pen a few limericks, a couple of poems and fairly soon some articles, due to my recent retirement. I intend to do something fruitful with my life.

Retirement is neat,

It can be Oh so sweet,

It can also be sad,

When friends that we had,

Say "Get out from under my feet"

I might perhaps start a small business or write some articles and poetry. I am not yet settled into retirement despite several interests and hobbies.

Retirement is cool,

Relax, chill out, no duels,

But they've put me out to pasture

It really feels disaster

I've so much left to give, you fools.

More Random Thoughts

In my industrial years I was an Electronics or Systems engineer and worked mainly in Metrology (not meteorology) and I can see that the Hubpages spell checker has not heard of the word. So, a little 'related' ditty...

An engineer once said to me,

That when I am rich, I will be free,

But work for yourself,

'Tis better for your health,

But he didn't tell to me his secret recipe.

I twisted my ankle quite severely due to a mishap on the stairs to my apartment. It seems that we get to be somewhat complacent about some simple things in life, after we retire. Aha! Another topic for a limerick...

I twisted my right ankle,

Thankful it's not a cankle,

The pain was extreme,

Yet I did not scream,

And still, even now, it does rankle.

The fact that I was immobilized with my leg elevated created the conditions for acute gout to develop and set in. The resultant swelling was huge and took several weeks to subside and is not yet 100% back to normal...

I sit alone in my room,

'Midst the doom and the gloom,

Through my window, paradise,

It really does look nice,

I'm hoping I'll be part of it real soon.

And Finally...

And finally, at least for this article, I will leave you with a final thought...

They're my limericks you see,

But I want you to feel free,

To comment and complain,

All over and again,

And then you'll make me feel happy.

And now for the postscript for anybody who didn't understand the joke behind the scientist and the H2O. It is a play on words such that "H2O too" sounds like H2O2 which is not nice to drink.

And finally, finally. I sit here tweaking and pondering and re-tweaking. "Will you ever be satisfied?", I ask myself. Heck yes I reply. Soon, or later, or... Just click publish!

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Stive Smyth


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      • Stive Smyth profile imageAUTHOR

        Stive Smyth 

        3 weeks ago from Philippines

        Thank you Ailee16

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        3 weeks ago

        Nice one

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        Stive Smyth 

        4 weeks ago from Philippines

        Adnan, Many thanks for your good wishes. I'm glad that you enjoyed them and that I could make someone happy for a while.

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        4 weeks ago from Earth, Universe

        Ha ha ha ...nice one ...I really enjoyed reading these clever limericks ....nice write...welcome to hubpages and thanks for sharing....!


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