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There was an old man in a tree,

Who was horribly bored by a bee;

   When they said, 'Does it buzz?'

   He replied, 'Yes, it does!'

'It's a regular brute of a bee!'

 

There was an Old Lady of Chertsey,

Who made a remarkable curtsey;

   She twirled round and round,

   Till she sunk underground,

Which distressed all the people of Chertsey.

 

There was an Old Person of Chili,

Whose conduct was painful and silly,

   He sat on the stairs,

   Eating apples and pears,

That imprudent Old Person of Chili.

 

There was an Old Man with a nose,

Who said, 'If you choose to suppose,

   That my nose is too long,

   You are certainly wrong!'

That remarkable Man with a nose.

 

There was an Old Man of Moldavia,

Who had the most curious behaviour;

   For while he was able,

   He slept on a table.

That funny Old Man of Moldavia.

 

A FLEA, A FLY AND A FLUE

 

A flea and a fly in a flue

Were caught, so what could they do?

   Said the fly, "Let us flee."

   "No let's flee said the fly"

So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

 

There was an old person whose habits,

Induced him to feed upon rabbits;

   When he'd eaten eighteen,

   He turned perfectly green,

Upon which he relinquished those habits.

 

There was an Old Man of the Wrekin

Whose shoes made a horrible creaking

   But they said, 'Please tell us whether,

    Your shoes are of leather,

Or of what, you Old Man of the Wrekin?'

 

POEMS THAT PLAY WITH LANGUAGE

 

By Josie Whitehead

 Enough for today.  Now try writing some of your own . Josie                                                  

WHAT IS A LIMERICK

 

In short:

 

Di DUM diddy DUM diddy DUM

Di DUM diddy DUM diddy DUM

     Diddy DUM diddy DUM

     Diddy DUM diddy DUM

Di di DUM diddy DUM diddy DUM

 

Can anyone make it simpler?  eg:-

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