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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