On May 12th, National Limerick Day is celebrated. Edward Lear, a famous poet popularized the humorous, simple, and short structured poetry. These humorous poems date back to English in the 18th century, following a specific rhyme pattern of AABBA.  Most have heard limerick poetry from a young age, which are often nursery rhymes. A few well-known limericks are “Hickory Dickory Dock” and “Two Blind Mice.” Adult limerick is typically a blend of comedy and rudeness, incorporated into five lines. The structure AABBA and intention of creating an image into a verse, remain the same in children and adult poetry. During this pandemic there are many things that have come up that stem from worries of survival. In honor of Limerick Day, here are a few limericks that range from pandemic worries to some fun distractions, because finding humor during times of crisis is a form of survival. 


There once was a girl who was worried about tortillas

thinking this pandemic would ruin her quesadillas.

Not worried about getting toilet paper

or the current count in the newspaper,

But more on having a plate on the table of sopapillas.

                                                -Diana Aldrete

Little D. didn’t believe he was so dumb

Running around thinking he was just numb.

I worry about seeing my mother

and lift of when to see her, rather

He is making decisions out of his empty drum. 

                                                -Diana Aldrete

There was a young boy with a flower,

He ate it and it tasted sour,

A bee made him shriek,

he searched by the creek,

Tom hurried back to his tower. 

                                                -Dolores Nazario-Ramirez

Oh, the grumpy old man waddled 

Just like the swan he modeled 

He liked what he did

And he did not kid

Ran back to the wife he coddled. 

                                                -Dolores Nazario-Ramirez

There was a young girl with hope, 

and vision of living it dope,

this country of rich,

so she could not ditch

got ready to run up the slope.

                                                -Dolores Nazario-Ramirez

This article was written in tandem by Diana Aldrete and Dolores Nazario-Ramirez.

Diana Aldrete Dolores Nazario-Ramirez