Lady in the Booth


I had fun writing my Pleiades poems in November, so I thought I’d try my hand at playing with Limericks. This style of poetry consists of a single stanza of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines are supposed to rhyme. Also, the third and fourth lines should rhyme with each other. These short poems should have an AABBA structure. The limerick is a folk style of poetry. It can be humorous and, at times, bawdy. I’m not certain if I can achieve witty or bawdy, but hopefully, I can stick with the rhyme pattern. Therefore, I wrote Lady in the Booth to demonstrate the role of the essential worker in our society.

Lady in the Booth

There was once a lady stuck in a tiny booth,

She’d been placed there since she was a youth.

She stuck her exhausted nose in a book

And didn’t give anyone a second look

Until they noticed she was too long in the tooth.

That one goes out to all the women workers who do their job every day without being noticed until she gets to a certain age. Then she is often considered to have outlived her usefulness. That’s when they get rid of the lady in the booth.

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Published by henhouselady

I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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