Writing Poetry posted August 7, 2019

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Thanking the teacher that cared about teaching me to write.

Teaching the Poet to Write

by Robert Zimmerman

Schooled on Limericks! Contest Winner 
I once had a teacher named Jean
She was not hostile or mean
            Her methods were tough
            And lessons were rough
But she was the best I have seen
She taught me to meter and rhyme
Some of my stuff was sublime
            Some of it bad
            That made me sad
I couldn’t be good all the time
No matter what happens today
I know that my teacher would say
            He worked very hard
            'Twas not a blowhard
I taught him to write the right way


Writing Prompt
It's that time of year... back to school! So, to help cheer up those of us who might need that extra smile to happily get back into the routine, your challenge is to write a limerick poem [it can be up to THREE stanzas = three limericks] about school. It can be about a personal experience, it can be about a favorite (or feared!) teacher, it can be about the school cafeteria (or the food therein!), it can be generalized, it can be very, very specific - ideas are as limitless as your imagination.... but your goal is to make us laugh! Only one stipulation: keep it clean, people!! :-)

Remember a limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. An example is given below (from the famous Edward Lear!)

There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'

Schooled on Limericks!
Contest Winner



This an homage to my high school English teacher Jeanine Lichtner. She was the best teacher I ever had for any subject. She encouraged me to write and to do it with conviction. It took me over 55 years to publish my writing. I am sorry I waited so long.
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