Today I decided to write some haiku. By definition haiku is a Japanese verse of three unrhymed lines of 5-7-5 syllables, a total of 17 syllables, often on the subject of nature. Here is my haiku written just this morning:
I stand by the window
a yellow bird zig-zags past
it makes me happy
Haiku is easy to write. Another rhyme form that’s easy to write is a limerick. I have written several limericks in years past. I just spent a good part of an hour looking for my poetry book but put that task aside as the day is wearing away. I will find it someday and perhaps post a few more. However this is one limerick I wrote that has stuck with me. A limerick is 5 lines long with even cadence, the 1st, 2nd and 5th lines each rhyme and the 3rd and 4th rhyme with each other. Nonsense and often in questionable taste, the form was popularized by Edward Lear. Here is mine:
There once was an old man who farted
When the gas blew, his checks- they just parted.
He said, “whoops, I just blew it”
His company-they knew it
and quickly and promptly departed.