General Poetry posted August 8, 2019


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Did your school have outhouses?

Country School Prank

by Gail Denham


A husky young lad, clever and bright
decided to give gals a big fright.
He brought a big board
from his father's vast hoard,
then nailed the gal's outhouse door tight.


Schooled on Limericks! writing prompt entry
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!'

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As an illustrative photographer, I once had a challenge to photograph outhouses - we traveled all over the place - found that school outhouses had a certain look. And yes, some folks still had outhouses when I was growing up. Thanks to Anne for the photo. Not quite the school outhouse form, but nice.
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