Smelly Fred


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 this limerick to honor our family’s favorite pet, Smelly Fred.

Smelly Fred

Once there was a dog named Fred

Who undoubtedly was inbred

He was extremely smelly

Until he got a pain in his belly

And that was how he ended up dead

Rooster and four of our five children found smelly Fred tied to a fence one Sunday evening at church. I stayed home with our youngest, who was sick. There was a note attached to his collar. His previous owner pleaded for someone to take him home because he was a good dog with an unpleasant odor. That’s how Smelly Fred became a member of our family.

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