Break The Shackle

Hello Fellas!

My major poem for today is a limerick titled Break The Shackle. A limerick is a five-line witty poem with a distinctive rhythm. Lines 1, 2, 5 are the longer lines and they rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, and they also rhyme. So, here’s the sequence: A-A-B-B-A.


Limericks are fun and easy to write. I love writing them by counting the syllables….

Line 1: eight syllables
Line 2: (rhymes with line 1): eight syllables
Line 3: five syllables
Line 4: (rhymes with line 3): five syllables
Line 5: (rhymes with line 1): eight syllables.


You don’t have to follow my own pattern. You’re free to figure out what works best for you, but your count and rhymes must work hand-in-hand.


So, here goes the poem of the day:

Break The Shackle

Flinch not because the rays darkle
Dwell not in the senseless circle
Stir up the hollow
The rest will follow
You’ll be free to break the shackle


Here’s another example of a limerick:

My Pretty Molly

Pass me that your bowl of turkey
And that glass with drinks so murky
Oh, holy-wholly
My pretty Molly
With you I count myself lucky.


Word play is essential in creating a limerick. As with this limerick (unknown author):

There once was a girl from Devrizes
Whose breasts were of 2 different sizes.
One was small
And of no use at all
The other was quite large and won prizes.


Devrizes is obviously not a place, but the syllable count and rhyme works. That’s the beauty of a limerick!


Words-places especially-can be made up to rhyme, as with this limerick (author unknown):
Limericks are really fun. You can try it out yourself. I’d like to here from you! Send your poems, observations and reservations via e-mail to to participate, or just leave your comments below.


It is Wednesday Express


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